Deeside Nature Activities
Deeside Nature Activities
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
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We offer half- and full-day wildlife-watching tours spotting the region’s charismatic birds, and animals. Luxury Land Rover excursions bordering Balmoral Estate looking for 3 species of Deer, Grouse, Dippers and hopefully a few birds of prey including Peregrine, Osprey and Golden Eagle whilst describing the conservation and land management issues related to typical highland estates.
Ballater, Scotland
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Tony S
Upper Marham, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Craig was the consummate professional guide throughout this tour, his knowledge of the area is second to none and his passion for the local wildlife is contagious. I would heartily recommend this tour to anyone with a love of wildlife, or even the scottish landscape.

Being January and very cold the wildlife were rather shy for this tour, although still seen 3 x type of deer a stunningly beautiful Golden Eagle for around 5 minutes as well as Red Grouse and Red legged Partridge.

We will definitely take on this tour again at a different time of year.
Written January 1, 2020
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Danny E
St Mary's Bay, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Great day out with the family great company and host very educational will be going back soon. Made to feel welcome, children had a great time in such a beautiful place
Written December 24, 2016
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Jenwre
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We had a lovely few hours with Craig in beautiful Deeside which was resplendent with autumn colours. We saw three species of deer and both red and black grouse all of which we wouldn’t have spotted without our guide. He is very knowledgeable and good company and I would recommend this tour. We didn’t see red squirrel during our tour but spotted them at Balmoral - as recommended by Craig.
Written October 30, 2019
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Allbreeds
Halifax, UK576 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Craig picked us up & dropped us off at our accommodation. He is clearly passionate about conservation & has an in-depth knowledge of Royal Deeside , wildlife and bird species. He has an amazing gift for spotting wildlife and birds that we would have had no chance of seeing without him. We were lucky as the weather was glorious so made it a very pleasant safari .

Craig provided us with good quality binoculars and stopped frequently to point out places of interest and wildlife . He also had a very impressive telescope which again he set up frequently so we could view in great detail some of the wildlife and birds. I’m not a bird spotter and lost count of the different species we saw during our trip .

We’d done a 3 hour Balmoral tour the day before and both safaris offered something different .

If we come to the area again I’m sure we’d book a different safari with Craig.
Written May 13, 2019
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Nick14541
134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Craig took us out in his comfortable Land Rover, and we saw lots of wildlife we would not have seen otherwise, sometimes using his telescopes to home in on birds such as Ospreys or red deer on a distant hilltop ridge.
We went out for 4 hours early morning but were treated to 5h40m without extra charge, including a stop for hot chocolate.
Craig knows his wildlife but also knows so much more about the area and who lives here (Balmoral Estate for example), he’s interesting and the whole experience was excellent. We were very lucky with the weather which helped of course but recommend the tours wholeheartedly.
Written May 1, 2019
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Harold Bould
Cannock, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
What a great start to our holiday, fantastic tour with Craig he has time to do what you want to do and see what you want to see. Nothing was to much trouble and the hot chocolate was really very much apricated by us all. 5 in our group including an 88 year old, really great experience a real must do event if you are in the area. Good value for money too
Written April 27, 2019
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Natalie D
County Antrim, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Unless you are familiar with this area of Scotland it is wise to take this safari at the beginning of your stay. As per the other reviews on here we saw wildlife which we wouldn’t have otherwise seen but most importantly we were given a lot of useful local information which definitely enhanced the rest of our stay
Craig adds the narrative which brings this area to life and gives depth and understanding to the balance of nature and the people who live and work here.
Highly recommended
Written April 18, 2019
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Geekmomof4
Charlotte, NC33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
If you are staying near the Ballater area a safari with Craig is a must! He picks you up at your accommodations in his Range Rover first thing, armed with binoculars & telescope, and your adventure begins!

Craig is a wealth of knowledge and answered all our questions. We learned so much in the 4-5 hours we were with him. We saw Red deer, Roe deer, Grouse, Partridge, Pheasant, the occasional rabbit, and some really cute dogs- all at the end of December!

Craig is funny, witty, and even stops for a tea break! He made our trip to Scotland for the new year fantastic and we look forward to another trip and a day out with him!

Thank you Craig!
Written January 3, 2019
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jdbstage2
Ballater, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Friends
Craig was great! This was our first tour of Scotland and it was wonderful. I would recommend it. The hike may have been a little steep for me but he was very patient. I can not wait for everyone to see the pictures.
Written September 3, 2018
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timorobinson2017
Peterborough, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
Early start was rewarded with deer golden eagles black and red grouse and a couple of the Queens ponies. Craig was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the animals and the area. A great morning.
Written September 12, 2017
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