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Speyside Wildlife

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Address: | Wester Camerorie, Ballieward, Aviemore PH26 3PR, Scotland
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Speyside Wildlife, the Scottish tour operator, offers wildlife watching...

Speyside Wildlife, the Scottish tour operator, offers wildlife watching experiences to suit everyone. We run fully inclusive, fully guided, bird, whale and mammal watching holidays, in Scotland and around the world, for enthusiasts of every ability, plus tailor-made wildlife watching tours of any length to suit your requirements. Visit our evening mammal watching hides in the Cairngorms National Park for close up and personal views of Pine Marten, Badgers and more!

Accredited by VisitScotland, Green Tourism Business Scheme and Wild Scotland.

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An amazing place to visit

This was our first visit to Scotland and our first birding holiday. In our opinion, we could not have chosen a better place to start our adventure. The Steading is a wonderful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Kent UK
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123 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to Scotland and our first birding holiday. In our opinion, we could not have chosen a better place to start our adventure. The Steading is a wonderful place to stay - good rooms, excellent food and like minded fellow companions to make our stay worthwhile. Our first day was local. A walk around the vicinity... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Wow thank you for such a kind review and it sounds like you really did have an amazing week in Speyside. The Steading is such a special place to stay - a superb location and it sounds like you enjoyed the best on offer during your holiday. The species list you have collected is fantastic and 25 lifers is some... More 

kensington nh
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I spent a wonderful week on the Speyside Wildlife Spring Birding Tour. Each day was filled from dawn to dusk with visits to beautiful sites all across the Scottish Highlands. We visited many different habitats and saw more than 100 different species of birds. We also saw wildlife including badgers, pine martins and dolphins. Our guides, Sally... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review after your recent holiday with us at the Steading in Speyside. It's sounds like you really did have a successful and memorable week with all the species you managed to see, coupled with the 'homely' feel of The Steading accommodation and tasty meals on offer. Our guides... More 

Norfolk, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely loved this wildlife experience. Cabin was warm and cosy, John the guide very entertaining and enthusiastic. No guarantee the animals would turn up but we were lucky they did. The pine martens and badgers were the stars of the show. Such a privilege to see them at arm's length and be able to photograph them. Can't recommend this trip... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hi, that's great to hear how much you loved seeing Pine Marten and Badgers with us recently. Our guide John is so knowledgeable and enthusiastic and we shall ensure he sees your review. More 

Ilkley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took my 2 teenagers in the hope we'd be able to have at least a brief view of a Pine Marten. Having read the latest reviews of this year's sessions before we went however I became worried as nothing was being reported. My fears were nearly confirmed when John, our guide, said he hadn't seen one for the previous... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and letting know how much you enjoyed your experience. As you know wildlife is always unpredictable but we are so pleased after an initial glimpse of a Pine Marten, you had better views later on during the session, along with Badgers. Our guide John loves to show people the wildlife of the area... More 

Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We had visited before many years ago and remembered the visit fondly so were looking forward to the visit greatly. This time we had two young visitors with us and were really keeping our fingers crossed that we would see something of interest. John greeted us with us enthusiasm and was friendly from the moment we stepped out of the... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello Liz, thank you for taking the time to write a review after your recent trip to our Evening Mammal Hide. It's lovely to hear when guests come back again, especially when they can share their memories and experience with younger guests! It is always lovely to hear how passionate our guides are about the wildlife and passing on their... More 

Ross on Wye, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

We were lucky enough to be two of only four attendees and that meant we could easily move around the hide, not miss anything, and get plenty of photo opportunities. The pine martens were a little illusive, but the badgers were highly entertaining and the mice presented a real photography challenge (they are really fast!!). I love wildlife, so this... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello, thank you very much for your lovely review and that's great to hear what a fantastic evening you had. The mice certainly provide some great entertainment for visitors whilst they wait on the Badgers and Pine Marten to come in. Hopefully we shall see you again in the future! More 

Wexford
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63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

Although it was over two years since our last visit it was good to read all of the reviews and see that it hasn't changed. We went with a view to watching wildlife and this was one of the highlights of the holiday. There was easy access for me in my wheelchair and plenty of room for me to move... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your review and it is great to hear you enjoyed a second visit to the hide and that you found the access good for your wheelchair. Hopefully we will see you again when you next visit. More 

London
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244 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

We were very unlucky with the weather on our trip to the hide, it had been a beautiful snowy day which turned in to pouring rain- no creature, let alone pine martins would want to be out in it. Fortunately we didn't have to be, the hide is warm and cosy and the gourmet set up for the creatures couldn't... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello Cathy, thank you for your review and for letting us know how much you enjoyed your experience at the hide recently. Sometimes the anticipation of waiting for the animals to appear in the darkness is just as exciting as actually seeing them! Hopefully next time you visit the weather will be kinder and the Pine Martens and will come... More 

Auchterarder, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Had a fantastic evening with our guide John. This is no ordinary hide visit - it is all enclosed with windows so that you can see the wildlife very close up. Badgers and pine martins aplenty. And lots of interesting information on tap. I would highly recommend this as an experience away from the crowds.

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello LangToon Traveller and thank you for your review. That is fabulous to hear you had such a good evening and enjoyed the hide and local wildlife. Hopefully we shall see you again in the future. More 

scotland
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Had a fabulous night with John the guide. 8 badgers visited the hide, 3 pine martins and several wood mice. I booked directly through the spey side wildlife Web page. The cost was £20 per adult. It was worth every penny. The hide was warm and cozy and John was great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone that enjoys... More 

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SpeysideWildlife, Manager at Speyside Wildlife, responded to this review

Hello Scotlandhomer, thank you for your fantastic review and it's wonderful to hear what a good night you had. Please feel free to post any photos to our Facebook and Twitter pages and hopefully we shall see you again in the future. More 

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