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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.

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11. 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

Braemar Highland Experience

12. Braemar Highland Experience

Join us to experience an area of outstanding natural beauty with spectacular mountains, wild open spaces and stunning scenery. Dis...

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Coldrach

Crathie

Wilderness Scotland, Self-guided

13. 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

Alvie  and  Dalraddy Estates - Stag Feeding (Seasonal)

14. 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

Glenlivet Wildlife

15. 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

Atholl Estates Tractor Tours

16. 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

Aviemore Family Adventures

17. Aviemore Family Adventures

An Aviemore Family Adventure awaits you! Welcome to kicking back and enjoying some of the very best that Scotland and indeed the U...

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Aviemore

Aviemore

Mountain Garden - Cairngorm Mountain

18. 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

Glenmore Forestry Commission Visitor Centre

19. 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

The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

20. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

Summer (June, July, August) Summer is now firmly here to stay in the Cairngorms so why not take a visit to see Britain's only fre...

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Reindeer House

Aviemore

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