Animal-lovers and nature-enthusiasts will delight in our hotel locations. Look out your binoculars and start planning your short break.
Strathpeffer - Ben Wyvis Hotel & Nairn - Golf View Hotel & Spa The Moray Firth is home to an abundance of sea life including Bottlenose Dolphins, Harbor Porpoise, Grey Seals and Minke Whales. There is also bird colony at the North Sutor Cliffs including Black Guillemot, Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwake. The Moray Firth is famously home to the most northerly colony of Bottlenose Dolphin and the largest in the world, growing up to four meters in length and sometimes living for over 40 years. Ecoventures Tours run daily boat trips in The Moray Firth where you can witness this wonderful sea life in their own habitat. Keep a look out for Bottlenose Dolphins, they can be very inquisitive and regularly approach the RIB.
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Grantown-on-Spey - The Craiglynne Hotel
The Cairngorm National Park is a paradise for any wildlife enthusiast and there are several places where you can see the varied wildlife this stunning protected environment has to offer. RSPB Loch Garten is home to the magnificent Osprey and thanks to the power of CCTV you can see live action direct from the nest, the best time to see the Ospreys are April - September. RSPB Loch Garten is also home to Capercaillie, Crested Tit, Golden Eye and Scottish Crossbill.
Highland Wildlife Park has species from all the over the world providing a great insight into some of the world’s most endangered species. A notable animal on display is "Mercedes" the polar bear, who has recently been re-housed in a new £300,000 enclosure with a new public viewing platform to get the best view. Other interesting species on offer at the park is Red Squirrel which is now very rare in the UK, European Grey Wolves, Lynx, European Bison and Siberian Tigers, Sasha and Yuri and their three cubs which were born in May 2009.
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Glencoe Village - The Glencoe Inn
Glencoe mountainous terrain and lochs make it a great place to spot wildlife. Indeed Glencoe is home to the iconic Red Deer, which can often be seen on the mountains and hills of Glencoe and during the winter months are known to come onto the lower moorland to feed and take shelter. The elusive Golden Eagle, can on occasions be spotted flying over Glencoe although you are far more likely to see Buzzards. There are many other bird species to spot in Glencoe, keep your eye out for sparrow hawk, kestrel, merlin, peregrine falcon and heron.
The Glencoe Visitor Centre ran by the National Trust for Scotland is family friendly attraction providing an exciting way to find out more about Glencoe and the wonderful environment that surrounds it. With interactive displays, activities and a viewing platform with a telescope, you can see all Glencoe has to offer up close.
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Isle of Mull - Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa
Isle of Mull is the number 1 wildlife watching destination in the UK, the sheer variety of the species on this wild life paradise is truly amazing. BBC Autumnwatch and BBC Springwatch have highlighted the national importance of Mull to wildlife in Scotland and the UK. One of the most exciting and important wildlife projects on Mull is Mull Eagle Watch and is the first and only public viewing facility in the world. Started in 2000 as a community protection and public viewing scheme, this was showcased by Gordon Buchanan's wildlife film "Eagle Island" which has now been broadcast a far away as the USA and Australia. Mull Eagle Watch run daily ranger-led walks and with the power of CCTV you can also see live footage from the nest itself. The RSPB are also tracking two white tailed eagles by satellite - follow their journey.
A great way to see all the other wild life mull has to offers, is by taking a wildlife tour. There are many local providers who all run guided tours on the island giving expert local knowledge of the various wild life has including Golden Eagles, White Tailed Eagle, Otters, Grey Seal, Common Seal, Dolphins, Hen Harrier, Peregrine Falcon, Sea Birds, Red Deer, Fallow Deer and Porpoise.
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Oban - Oban Bay Hotel & Spa Oban is a busy sea port and as you would expect the majority of the best wildlife to see is off the coast of Oban. The best way to see it all is to take a tour on a RIB and get up close and personal with the sea life. Expect to see Basking sharks, Minke whales, porpoise, Otters, dolphin and perhaps Corryvreckan, the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool located just off the coast of Islay. There are many providers to choose from including Coastal Connections who run daily excursions from Oban. Mull is a short ferry journey away and is the UK's number 1 wildlife watching destination.