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Wildlife Watching in the Cairngorms National Park

The National Park is a hotspot for British wildlife and is home to 25 per cent of Britain's threatened species. The high mountains, ancient forests, fields and moorlands are nationally and internationally important. There are wildcats, capercaillie, squirrels and pine martens in the woods, ospreys fishing the lochs and deer, badgers and golden eagles to be seen too.

Inspired by programmes such as BBC's Springwatch? Get out and see some wildlife for yourself - even in your own back garden - you can either keep your eyes peeled for darting red squirrels and soaring ospreys or you can go with a guide or watch from a hide - the choice is yours! From more on how to join an organised wildlife watching activity see the business listings below.

Of the many animals Simon King and the BBC team came into contact with, the red squirrel is one you're quite likely to see and if you do, let the Red Squirrels of the Highlands team know!
You can find out more information about all our Conservation Projects here.

Visit our Pinterest Page for some beautiful shots of wildlife that can be found in the Cairngorms!

The following businesses can take you on a guided wildlife watching adventure in the Cairngorms.

Glenlivet Wildlife

8. Glenlivet Wildlife

Off road Land Rover Safaris and guided walks on the Glenlivet Crown Estate. Discover iconic wildlife, stunning landscapes and a fa...

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Easter Corrie

Tomintoul

Mountain Garden - Cairngorm Mountain

9. Mountain Garden - Cairngorm Mountain

The Wild Mountain Garden at CairnGorm Mountain The original mountain garden was created by Ben Humble MBE back in the 1960's. In ...

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Cairngorm Mountain

Aviemore

Wilderness Scotland, Self-guided

10. Wilderness Scotland, Self-guided

Enjoy absolute freedom on our selection of self-guided holidays. Take on the challenge of hiking a long distance trail or relax in...

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Inverdruie House

Aviemore

Atholl Estates Tractor Tours

11. Atholl Estates Tractor Tours

Explore hidden parts of the grounds of Blair Castle on a 90 minute Vintage Tractor and Trailer Tour. See the animals that live wit...

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Atholl Estates Office

Blair Atholl

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12. Wilderness Scotland, Wildlife Holidays

A little more active than “normal” wildlife holidays, we'll introduce you to our wild inhabitants on gentle hikes, sea...

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Inverdruie House

Aviemore

Alvie  and  Dalraddy Estates - Stag Feeding (Seasonal)

13. Alvie and Dalraddy Estates - Stag Feeding (Seasonal)

Accompany our Keeper when he feeds wild stags on this unique experience. Trips available daily December to March....

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Alvie Estate Office

Kincraig

Glenmore Forestry Commission Visitor Centre

14. Glenmore Forestry Commission Visitor Centre

Glenmore Forest Park Glenmore provides opportunities for walking,cycling,cross-country skiing (Winter) and bird-watching in the f...

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Glenmore

Aviemore

Atholl Estates Landrover Safaris

15. Atholl Estates Landrover Safaris

Get off the beaten track and explore the brethtaking scenery of Atholl Estates on a 4x4 tour. What better way to experience the b...

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Atholl Estates Office

Blair Atholl

  • Mon-Fri 01796 481355 or Sat-Sun 01796 481263
The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

16. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

The hills are turning green, the sun is mostly shining and spring is here to stay! Take a visit to see Britain's only free-ranging...

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Reindeer House

Aviemore

Braemar Highland Experience

17. Braemar Highland Experience

Join us for a three hour tour on private hill roads into the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. There's a good chance of seein...

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9 Glenshee Road

Braemar

18. RSPB Visitor Centre Loch Garten

Loch Garten,AbernethyT. 01479 831476

19. Deeside Nature Activities

Knockanduie,Crathie,BallaterT. 013397 42033

20. Heatherlea Scotland

The Mountview Hotel,Nethy BridgeT. 01479 821248

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