Wildlife in Scotland

Go Beyond’s Sensational Scottish Wildlife Wonders

16th – 23rd October 2021

What's to get excited about!

A fresh way to experience the fantastic and diverse Wildlife in Scotland. Designed to be an informative and fun multi-activity trip across this wild and staggeringly beautiful area of Scotland and led by expert guides, we’ll seek out species such as dolphins, red deer and golden eagles as we explore Scotland’s wild places. And while we will visit a hide or two, most of the wildlife will be encountered as we enjoy activities such as boat trips and walks. All activities will be conducted at an easy pace, so are suitable for everyone to enjoy.

All accommodation, meals and guides are included within the cost for this Wildlife in Scotland holiday.

Highlands of Scotland - the stunning Cairngorms

Where you'll be staying...

Somewhere pretty special! Surrounded by mountains in the dramatic Cairngorms National Park, the five-star Ballater Hostel is situated in the centre of Ballater, close to Braemar in North East Scotland.

Your home from home for this awesome adventure, provides both traditional style dorm rooms as well as private rooms – all of which are en-suite. There is a large open-plan kitchen, dining & living area with a cosy wood-burning stove and drying room with laundry facilities. A warm welcome awaits and… the kettle is always on!

Food, glorious food!

All meals are included in the price of this holiday. And they are a delight. So expect a delicious array of dishes for breakfast, packed lunches and dinner with a strong focus on locally sourced produce. Highland food definitely a highlight of your holiday!

And, of course, all of this is cooked by Christine, our very own Go Beyond chef…

What you'll experience...

Wilderness, wildlife and a wonderful action packed week of fun and excitement.

16th October 2021

A great big Highland Hello!

Group arrives at Aberdeen Airport and are met by our driver/guide. Transfer to Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

Overnight Ballater Hostel.

17th October 2021

Linn of Dee walk. Walk along the banks of the River Dee with its tumbling waterfalls and hike further into Glen Lui through Scot’s pine forest looking out for red squirrels and golden eagles. We may even hear the roaring of the red deer rutting in the glens. This evening half of the group visit a local wildlife hide to see if we can spot some more nocturnal creatures such as pine martens, badgers and possibly even a wildcat. Hike details: Up to 11km, 3.5 hours, elevation of 70m.

Overnight Ballater Hostel.

18th October 2021

Transfer to Perthshire. Visit Loch of the Lowes. It is too late in the year to see the migrating Ospreys but we will be looking for beavers, red squirrel and waterfowl. Later we visit Blair Castle, the impressive castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Atholl and the home of the only private army in the UK. Return to Ballater in time for dinner.

Overnight Ballater Hostel.

19th October 2021

Today we are met by a foraging expert and we head off into the woods to see what edible berries, mushrooms and other plants we can find. Learn how to identify plants and try some wild treats. This evening the other half of the group visit a local wildlife hide to see if we can spot some more nocturnal creatures such as pine martens, badgers and possibly even a wildcat.

Overnight Ballater Hostel.

20th October 2021

Hike around Loch Muick, in the shadow of the mountain of Lochnagar.

Overnight Ballater Hostel

21st October 2021

Free day – guide available if anyone wants to go for a local walk.

Overnight Ballater Hostel

22nd October

Day trip to the picturesque seaside village of Stonehaven for a trip on a fast RIB boat and a visit to Dunnoter Castle.

Overnight Ballater Hostel

23rd October

Transfer to Aberdeen airport and depart.

Accessibility and Inclusion

Inclusion is important to us so we strive, whenever possible, to make our holidays accessible to all. Unfortunately, due to the nature of this tour and accommodation restrictions, unfortunately our Highlands of Scotland adventure holiday is not wheelchair accessible.

We can however refer you to our Great Dartmoor Adventure and World Cuisine Week which does offer wheelchair accessible accommodations.

If you wish to discuss your specific access requirement for any of our holidays, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will do everything we can to welcome you to the Go Beyond Holidays experience.

Holiday name: Highlands of Scotland

Date: 16th – 23rd October 2021

Nights: 7 nights

Accommodation: Ballater Hostel

Great food from locally sourced produce and cooked by our own Go Beyond chef

Price: £3150

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