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“Aigas Field Centre the place to be!”
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Aigas Field Centre
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Beauly
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Aigas Field Centre is located near Inverness and offers everything you can wish for. The estate has a beautiful garden with a pond, woodland walk, cottage garden, loch with beavers and otters and offers you plenty of possibilities to explore the grounds. They have very friendly and knowledgable staff, excellent food, cosy lodges and really stunning wildlife. it feels like a home from home and Lady Lucy and her family are very welcoming. The estate has three hides, a tree top one which offers stunning scenery, a beaver hide at the loch and a hide in the forest where I was lucky enough to spot a pine marten 4 out of 7 nights. For me the best way to start the day was sitting in the hide at 5 in the morning and enjoy the birds. This was my 3rd visit, did the Summer birds week this time. Really enjoyed the days out, the scenery, the animals and the enthousiasm of Scott, our ranger. One of the highlights of the week was the reading Sir John did, it really allowed us to experience his sense of humour. The other thing I really enjoyed was being able to meet people from all over the world. Unfortunately I had to go home after a week but have already booked my next trip. This time a Wildlife week with Nick Baker. So, if you decide to book you will have the time of your life.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

Excellent leaders , well planned walks,beauty , beauty, everywhere, comfortable accommodations, fabulous food and service, and fascination lectures by Sir Lister-Kaye. Does not get better than this!

Thank Nebraskabooster9
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AigasFieldCentre, General Manager at Aigas Field Centre, responded to this reviewResponded November 21, 2013

Thank you! We love to hear your thoughts on your time at Aigas. We hope that you will return one day.

Best wishes
Warwick Lister-Kaye

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Wildlife (beaver, pine marten, badger, birds and flora galore) at its wildest was what I anticipated and Aigas did not disappoint. The graciousness of out hosts, wildlife writer Sir John Lister-Kaye and Lady Lucy Lister-Kaye was most welcoming. The bright young expert rangers (George, Duncan, Kate, Imogen, Allie, et al) took us on wonderful walks and were expert in locating the various fauna (esp. birds) and views of the glens for us to enjoy. The meals (breakfast, lunch (usually, a packed lunch to take along), tea and dinner were very fine, prepared by Lady Lucy and served in the beautiful home in which they live. The cabins in which the guests stay are nearby and more than adequate.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the Wildlife programme we'd booked on - the weather didn't look good and much of the wildlife we wanted to see was known to be elusive at the best of times. But thanks to the expertise, diligence and sheer overwhelming enthusiasm of the rangers - and I'd pick out Imogen and George as the ones who found us otters, sea eagles, golden eagles and a merlin - we saw everything we hoped for and more. The trips out to the west coast, Easter Ross, the Black Isle and up a number of the straths all bought new sightings but also new insights as the wildlife and flora were pointed out and explained. We rode next to leaping dolphins and diving sdeabirds in the Cromarty Firth. And there was no pretending to know things they didn't - if they didn't know they looked it up and told us later. From the hides at Aigas we saw pine marten, badger and beavers, as well as woodpeckers, owls, voles and many other species. But Aigas isn't just about the wildlife - it's about the hospitality in the comfortable lodges and then the house, with its stunning dining room and food that matches the surroundings. We didn't have a disappointing meal, Lucy provided great buffet lunches and superb dinners, from which I'd pick out the home-made soups as just outstanding, especially the spinach and lemon. To add to it all we have a great introductory talk by John Lister-Kaye, studded with jewels of poetry and prose to explain his love of nature and why he started Aigas. Even better was the finale on Friday night, when he read to the groups from his own and others' writings on the natural world - a great speaker and reader who imbues each word with meaning and feeling. If there is a criticism it is that there is a lot to do and perhaps too little time to explore the grounds at Aigas - but everything we did was worth doing. If you like your hide visits to be quiet and studious, as do I, perhaps you might want to check to see that you are there when there isn't a large American group around. They were lovely people but apt to talk constantly in the hides.. But this did not detract seriously from a fantastic week, though.

Thank KSAfricaHack
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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This was a really intense week of studying nature and nothing was too much trouble for the staff and rangers who strived all the time to make the experience a fantastic one. From watching beavers in the hide on a balmy evening to a 5.15 search for otters on the Moray Firth every skill was deployed to get good sightings of all that the Scotland have to offer including great views of birds of glens and sands!. Food delicious and comfy ensuite room with our own little kitchen made for a really enjoyable week. Only problem was there were not enough hours in the day to fit everything in!

Thank MittensMaidenhead
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AigasFieldCentre, General Manager at Aigas Field Centre, responded to this reviewResponded June 25, 2013

Thank you for your kind review, which is very much appreciated. We hope that you will return to Aigas soon. Kind regards, Warwick Lister-Kaye

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