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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.

BBC Winterwatch, Springwatch AND Autumnwatch are coming from the Cairngorms in 2019! Based at the Dell of Abernethy they will be following some of our local wildlife characters through the seasons. 

Read our blog on the types of wildlife you can see in the Cairngorms National Park.
You can find out more information about all the Conservation Projects in the Cairngorms National Park 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.

Atholl Estates Landrover Safaris

9. 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
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10. 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


Glenmore Forestry Commission Visitor Centre

11. 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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Atholl Estates Tractor Tours

12. 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

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


Braemar Highland Experience

14. 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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Wilderness Scotland, Self-guided

15. 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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Dalfaber Drive


The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

16. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR FULL INFO AND OPENING TIMES! Guided Hill Trips - visit Britain's only free-ranging herd of reindeer i...

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Reindeer House


Mountain Garden - Cairngorm Mountain

17. 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


18. Glenesk Wildlife

Dalhousie Estates,Brechin Castle,Glen EskT. 01356 624 566

19. Wild Alba Tours

The Haugh,Ballindalloch,AberlourT. 07493251419

20. Highland Wildlife and Birdwatch Safaris

18 Corbett Place,AviemoreT. 01479 811169