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Walking and Wildlife

A selection of the best lowland leg stretches for wildlife and landscape in the Highlands. Optional hill walks in every program.

DATES: 13 May - 20 May 2017

Although this holiday has now taken place we think the following holidays may be of interest to you:

Programme TitleThemeHoliday DatesAvailability
Adventure in a Highland Landscape:Walking26 Aug - 2 Sep 2017Fully Booked
Walking and Wildlife:Walking30 Sep - 7 Oct 2017Please Ring Office

Summary

More and more of our guests express the desire for long walks ‘midst our stunning scenery. We have listened and are now offering more walking programmes than ever before.

Designed for fit guests who would rather avoid climbs and those sometimes knee jarring descents. On long (daily average 5 miles) but low level walks we will explore along coastlines and rivers, through glens and around lochs. We avoid all but gentle and short inclines.

Destinations may include the remarkable spit of Chanonry Point from where bottlenose dolphins can be watched and remnant ancient Caledonian pine forest in Glen Affric National Nature Reserve.Glen Affric

Example Day - Glen Affric National Nature Reserve 

After a short drive this route takes us amongst the mountains of Glen Affric on a lovely mountain trail that leads us through uplifting scenery far from the honey pots of Glen Affric's car parks. With views of a chain of 3000+ ft mountains, and passing through remnants of ancient Caledonian pine this walk is a highlight
 
Potential for lots of wildlife, including osprey, golden eagle, merlin, red deer, crested tit, crossbills, red throated divers & various forest and moorland flora. About five miles.
Moray Firth Bottlenosed dolphins

Example Day - Exploration of the Black Isle coast

We amble along Chanonry beach, watching out for sea birds and coastal wildlife. At Chanonry Point, a small spit jutting out into the narrows of the Firth, we can picnic looking out over the water searching for the Moray Firth’s famous bottlenose dolphins.

Later in the afternoon near the fishing village of Avoch we can walk out to the remains of Ormond Castle, once seat of the great Andrew de Moray who raised his standard against the English and gathered a force to fight with William Wallace for the Independence of Scotland. This is always a good site for red kites, reintroduced here in 1989. About five miles.


Optional Hill Walk on Every Walking Programme.Summit view

On every Walking & Wildlife week all participants will be offered the opportunity to tackle at least one high level hike, perhaps up one of our 3000 foot mountains. These optional hill walks will be offered concurrent to low level hikes for those who don’t wish to climb hills.

Example Day - Sgurr Na Lapaich

At the far end of our local glen towers the impressive hulk of Sgurr na Lapaich – the Big Sgurr as she is known locally. This is an awesome walk on the right day.

The Sgurr holds snow in its north facing corrie longer than any other mountain around, often right through June, and in that corrie a limestone stripe permits an array of alpine flowers not found elsewhere. Excellent for eagles and red deer and a chance of ring ouzel and golden plover. There is a good stalker’s path right up to the corrie. From the summit we can enjoy views right across the northern Highlands and out to the Cuillin ranges on Skye. Up to eight miles with over 2500 feet of ascent.


Leadership

Scots Pine

Each day is led by an Aigas ranger. The walks will be determined by your guides according to weather and wildlife conditions and the desires of the group. Of course, if ever you want to take a day of rest, there is plenty to do and see around the Aigas estate.

With such a wide variety of habitats covered the species list will be rich and varied, from waders and sea ducks, seals, dolphins and otters to golden eagles, ring ouzel, red and roe deer, pine martens a whole range of botany and much more.

Additional Highlights:

  • Of course you will have the chance to visit our famous wildlife hides, walk our own 3 miles of nature trails, enjoy our hearty fare and enjoy some relaxation time at Aigas if you wish.

All Inclusive

Aigas holidays are all inclusive and no single supplement applies. Read more here.

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