Aigas Field Centre

Aigas Field Centre, Beauly: Address, Phone Number, Aigas Field Centre Reviews: 5/5

Aigas Field Centre
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Please avoid the disappointment of being turned away. Aigas Field Centre is a residential business and not open to passing visitors. Prior booking is always required. The internationally acclaimed and award-winning field centre for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; Aigas is a Highland estate and family home offering unsurpassed hospitality, educational holidays and wildlife experiences to residential visitors from all over the world.
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CathyRhino
London29 contributions
Sep 2021
We had a brilliant 4 days at Aigas Field Centre in September. We had booked via the tailormade option, and enjoyed having some time to ourselves to explore the estate and spend hours in the hides (the Pinewood was particularly good for red squirrels, and we took some great photos) but also had excellent safaris with Aigas's rangers. We went in search of raft spiders and feral goats on one trip, with great photographic opportunities at a waterfall with plenty of fungi and wood ant nests to macro, and another afternoon did a slow walk around the Aigas lake, looking at insects and fungi. The rangers' knowledge and enthusiasm was excellent and made our stay very enjoyable. Our thanks also to Sir John and Lady Lucy Lister-Kaye, for some lovely rhino-related conversations and great care with my complicated dietary restrictions. The rooms are simple but exactly what's needed - warm, clean and comfortable - after long days out in search of otters and pine martens. We'll visit again, I am sure.
Written October 16, 2021
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Geraldine C
15 contributions
Jul 2021
Our third stay at Aigas & I don't think it will be the last!

If you like wildlife & scenery, you won't be disappointed.

Sir John & Lady Lucy Lister-Kaye & their family & team go out of their way to make sure that guests have an enjoyable & interesting time.

The centre isn't the same as a hotel, but it's charming. The garden is beautiful to wander around as is the wider estate.

Looking forward to going back before too long.
Written August 24, 2021
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KevinA488
Leicester, UK16 contributions
Jun 2021
Stayed for a week on the wildlife week - and practically everything met or exceeded expectations - great experience.

The area is rich in wildlife and had some great sightings, red squirrels are abundant and the photography hides for them ensure great views - the beavers were on show and with some persistence morning and evening showed including 2 kits - badger showed on 3 nights and pine martin on 2. A young tawny owl posed for a picture briefly too. The days out were good too - leisurely in pace, sight seeing including to the amazing dolphins on the coast. Recommend bringing own telescope if possible as whilst the rangers carry one, it saves sharing and some sightings are distant such as golden eagle and otter - the house does hire out binoculars though for a reasonable price. Slavonian grebes great to see on a loch not far away too. On this trip, no walking really far from vehicles but that suits of course those a little less mobile. .

The rangers / guides are great, full of enthusiasm and do everything to make everyone's day as good as it can be - and some sharp naturalists there too including with the placement students. The rangers/guides are well connected and knew of a local eagle nest and other wildlife in the area. The garden's are lovely to walk round too for when one wants to relax on site. The directors gave tours of both the garden and the house.

Suggest really talk to the centre pre your stay to ensure you get what you need - they have dogs around the house and common room but immediately offered to put them elsewhere if anyone allergic etc. The accommodation lodges was pleasant, a little tired in places but the site is coping with the covid pandemic and with staff recruitment challenges - but doing a great job. Just ask if anything you need and they really try to make a stay perfect. We asked for an extra night in the Campbell hide and we got 3 in total which was great.

All in all a great week and great people, particularly the rangers/guides. Recommended to wildlife fans and of course if Scottish highlands combined with another interest such as whisky, walking, trees etc as per the itinerary is your interest.
Written June 20, 2021
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Kathleen L
Glasgow, UK22 contributions
May 2021 • Solo
Did a silent auction bid for Marie Curie and won. Was a bit apprehensive going on my own but totally loved it. Staff were fantastic and food was excellent. I was lucky enough to stay in the house. Great suite and bath was fandabbydosie.
Written May 25, 2021
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Moira G
Burntisland, UK95 contributions
Oct 2020
I spent a week here and loved every minute of it. Cabins were spacious, warm and comfortable with a lounge and kitchen attached. Food was outstanding, especially when I have food intolerances. Some meals were made especially for me and this was much appreciated. Covid restrictions were in place and adhered to rigorously making me feel safe.

The rangers were full of knowledge, very helpful and cheerful.

The various hides for pine martins, badgers and squirrels were particularly good.

Being autumn ,the landscape was very colourful with the trees changing colour and the visits out in the minibuses were superb.

Sit John and lady Lucy were superb hosts and should be very proud of their place.
Written October 22, 2020
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mfhunter
Oxford UK177 contributions
Sep 2020
I spent 4 nights at Aigas with a day out with rangers and an early morning trip to try and see otters whilst there.

Firstly Covid-19 related issues. The preventative steps have been well thought out. As well as comprehensive cleaning of rooms staff wear masks at all times as do guests when moving indoors or in vehicles. Hand sanitiser is Seating for dinner is socially distanced.

I stayed in a lodge which was clean, warm and comfortable. Lots of space for a couple and would be fine for a family group of 4 (2 bedrooms). The house has lots of space and I enjoyed a simple breakfast (fruit, porridge, toast and local honey or preserves). The 3 course dinners were varied and well cooked.

The grounds are tremendous for those interested in photography or wildlife. Several very comfortable hides are available and set up for different species. I got lovely opportunities to photograph red squirrels, pine martens, badgers and various birds. Unfortunately otters and beavers (resident in the loch) avoided me.

Staff are friendly and knowledgable. Sir John, Lady Lucy and Hermione all welcoming, The rangers very well organised and fun to be with for trips - I learnt a lot about wildlife, geography and local history. There are a students on placement for the year who are also happy to chat with guests.

Overall I was very impressed with the set-up, welcome and organisation especially at a time when so many challenges have been posed by Covid and related changes in laws and regulations.
Written September 29, 2020
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chard
Lambourn, UK9 contributions
Sep 2020
Spent 6 nigyts at Aigas last week. The guides were great covering a wide variety of topics around wildlife and the history of the areas though which we passed. We visitited lots of places where they tried to find the wildlife we wanted to see. They varied the itineranry to suit us. The moth trap was really interesting. The evening hide which was lit for photography was stunning and we saw badger and pine marten on each of the three nights we used the hide. We only saw one crested tit and no crossbills which was a shame. The accomodation was great and we could have self catered if we wanted to - but the area for eating inside the house was socially distanced so we didn't need to. From a Covid perspective we felt very safe and everyone was following guidelines etc.
Written September 13, 2020
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Molly
Kalamazoo, MI49 contributions
Sep 2019
My primary interest was learning about the Highlands. No doubt a traditional manor house with extensive grounds are impressive. Felt very safe alone in the woods and particularly loved hiking up to the iron age hill fort. Ranger staff exceptional - how can we get young naturalists here to be so well spoken and well mannered? A vegetarian so I was not bowled over by the cordon bleu cooking; desserts too sweet. Breakfast apparently is not a component of the Cordon Bleu school - porridge (gruel and Dickens came to mind) with a poor selection of dry cereals, canned fruit and skim milk. I arranged my own breakfasts. Loved the outdoor lunches. This was a Road Scholar tour; would have liked less bus time (Scottish tour busses are cramped) and more hikes. Looking for future trips that revolve around hiking. Our tour group consisted of more people interested in traditional English gardens than nature settings. But loved Scotland and Glasgow - very outgoing people with a good sense of humor; exception was for the English ‘lord of the manor’.
Written October 6, 2019
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Hello there, we are saddened to hear that the hospitality at Aigas did not meet your expectations. We wish that you had told us of your displeasure when you were here as we so easily could have made alternative arrangements for you (with breakfast and more hikes) as we do with so many other Road Scholar guests. We always urge our guests to come to us with any problems as soon as they arise so they can be dealt with quickly, as our main goal is for you to have the best time possible. Please do not hesitate to get in touch directly - info@aigas.co.uk. very best, Hermione and the Aigas team.
Written October 9, 2019
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Christine W
Bellingham, WA21 contributions
Sep 2019
I was here with a tour group for a week and cannot sing the praises of the environmental education program offered here. If you are looking for the best program on the West Highlands with top notch rangers as guides on history, archaeology, restoration, glorious gardens to stroll through, excellent meals and a location that blends all of the importance of the West Highlands together, Aigas is the best choice.
Written October 4, 2019
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Thank you for this kind review - we are delighted to hear you enjoyed your week at Aigas. Hopefully we'll see you back here again one day soon. very best, Hermione
Written October 9, 2019
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C8241IGnancyc
New York City, NY7 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
I just wrote a wonderful review on the Aigas Facebook site but lost the connection so here I am.
I just visited Aigas Field Center last week. The experience was magical! From the welcoming staff to the wonderful beautiful home and grounds.
I came with Road Scholar and loved every minute of the trip to the Scottish Highlands. Sir John and Lady Lucy made us feel welcome and were superb hosts.
The grounds were beautiful and so was the home. The garden was breathtaking and the accommodations were cozy and very well kept.
The experiences on our road trips to see the sights were enhanced by professional, knowledgeable and personable rangers as well as

Academic Placement Students from University.We interacted with the stunning lands of the Highlands on comfortable mini buses. Individual needs were always taken into consideration.
On the Aigas grounds we had opportunities to see animals in their natural habitat. We learned about the endangered Wildcats and witnessed Badgers and Pinemartens at night in hides( small sheds with windows)
I was utterly impressed with Sir John Lister Kaye for creating this environment and found him brilliant and quite funny.
The meals were delicious and honored our dietary needs. Compliments to Lady Lucy and her wonderful kitchen staff.
If you have the opportunity to travel with Road Scholar or on your own, consider a trip to Aigas Field Center.A perfect educational experience for children and adults.
I miss being there and will cherish the time I spent there.Thankfully I have many pictures of this unique experience.
Written September 27, 2019
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Thank you for this kind review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at Aigas so much. Aigas is a team effort and it fills our hearts to receive such warm and generous feedback from our guests. very best, Hermione
Written October 9, 2019
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