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Aigas simply lives up to it’s reputation for excellence and nothing is too much trouble!!

Nature Photography Workshop with Laurie Campbell, April 2014

Just try keeping me away from my next Aigas week!! It makes me feel so good that by coming to Aigas I’m helping a much younger generation learn about wild nature and how to keep and care for it.

Pam Rogerson, Nature Photography Workshop with Laurie Campbell, April 2014

A wonderful week that exceeded my expectations. All the rangers & staff were friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Laurie is a superb tutor. To top it all Aigas is a home from home - with wonderful food!

Julie Melville, Nature Photography Workshop with Laurie Campbell, April 2014

This was the best wildlife experience I have been on and I would like to thank Sir John & Lady Lucy for being excellent hosts and joining in our fun. Brilliant last night. Thank You.

Alan Everest, Swarovski Optik Weekend with Johnny Kingdom April 2014

A truly lovely weekend with such a warm welcome. We shall never forget it and hope to be back soon. Thank you all very much. A privilege to be invited in to the warmth of the ‘Aigas home’, the family home of Sir John and Lady Lucy. Beautiful surroundings. Idyllic.

Swarovski Optik Weekend with Johnny Kingdom April 2014

This is the 3rd time I have stayed at Aigas. The knowledge and friendship of the staff is wonderful. Accommodation is comfortable and clean. The food is amazing. The scenery & wildlife has been so good memories will last a lifetime. A home from home.

Swarovski Optik Weekend with Johnny Kingdom April 2014

The whole experience has been wonderful, I have learnt so much, not just about birds, but also the landscape we travelled through. Everyone made you feel most welcomed, I will certainly look at coming back for one of the other holidays on offer.

Spring Birds, April 2014.

Exceeded expectations in terms of the quality and of the guiding by the rangers. Their performance and attitude, at all times, reflected well on their training and the Aigas ethos. They were a pleasure to be with and made the days continuously interesting.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

I have been on many wildlife and bird-watching holidays but none were so good in every way. The rangers were much more knowledgeable than the others in my experience.

Beth Muir, Aigas Wildlife, May 2013

Your selection process and training must be excellent to recruit such a friendly, knowledgeable, intelligent, well-educated and motivated team of guides. They were all superb and a credit to Aigas. They all drove the minibuses well too.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

The staff could not do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The course guides were knowledgeable and we saw all the wildlife we expected to see and more.

Trevor & Chris Taylor, Aigas Wildlife, May 2013

The rangers are knowledgeable, full of facts/figures, enthusiastic, and very keen and helpful.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

The Aigas experience is one of the things you should try to do before you die. Never thought that in a week we would see otters, beavers, pine martens, golden eagles and red squirrel. What a magical place, thank you.

Joan Wilson, Swarovski/Johnny Kingdom Weekend, April 2013

The guides are excellent and very knowledgeable.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

A lovely group of staff members who are obviously passionate about their jobs. Good fun and individual characters!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

Much appreciated the breadth and depth of their knowledge, and their friendly and helpful approach.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

This is my third visit but you never stop learning new things about the flora and fauna of the area. The food is wonderful, staff enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and the location is peaceful and beautiful.

Wendy Meredith, Aigas Wildlife, May 2013

Alicia stands out - very knowledgeable, personable, professional and coherent. All guides are first class.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2013

A wonderful week in amazing surroundings. The friendliness and kindness of the staff was a delight. It was a pleasure to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Paul & Virginia Jenkins, Monarchs of the Glen, October 2012

Already booked to return next year for same course - well done.

Aigas Guest, Nature Photography Masterclass with Laurie Campbell, October 2012

Any visit to Aigas is wonderfully informative and thought provoking, but above all it offers opportunity after opportunity to experience amazing wildlife in stunning locations.

Adam Rhodes, Monarchs of the Glen, October 2012

Surpassed expectations, staff wonderful, location exceptional, and variety of flora and fauna awe-inspiring.

Adam Rhodes, Monarchs of the Glen, October 2012

Surroundings beautiful, food delicious, and rangers creme de la creme!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, October 2012

A thoroughly good week staying in this very special place. I learned a lot whilst being very well looked after by friendly, approachable and knowledgeable staff, in very comfortable accommodation.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, October 2012

If you are interested in nature this is an experience not to be missed.

Marilyn McPherson, Autumn Birds, October 2012

A truly amazing birding week, led by Scott, our Ranger, whose enthusiasm was infectious, and whose knowledge was phenomenal.

Autumn Birds Guest, October 2012

All the activities surpassed my expectations. One of the best holidays I have ever had. Superbly organised, tremendous welcome and kindness from the Lister-Kaye family and all the rangers who were very knowledgeable and helpful. Wonderful food.

Swarovski/Johnny Kingdom May 2012

Aigas really is a truly remarkable place to stay. Leaving aside the stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife, there is so much that makes Aigas special. The warmth of the welcome from the family really does make you feel like house guests rather than paying ones. The rangers are quite exceptional in their knowledge and the way they convey a wealth of information. The facilities make for a very comfortable stay and I will miss my 4.30pm afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks around the fire. Thank you to everyone for a truly fabulous week.

Wildlife in a Highland Landscape May 2012

I had a wonderful time and cannot speak highly enough of my experience here. I can not get over how friendly and welcoming everyone has been, so thank you.

Swarovski/Johnny Kingdom May 2012

The wildlife holiday was even better than we anticipated. We had a wonderful week and were made to feel so welcome by the family and the staff. Shall look forward to a return visit.

Aigas Wildlife Guests May 2012

Can't imagine how it could be improved on - a great programme, wonderfully knowledgeable rangers and guest speakers.... made to feel so welcome by the family.

Wildlife in a Highland Landcape May 12

It has been a wonderful week. The organisation and careful planning behind the programme has been meticulous and everything ran like clockwork. The lectures have been informative and enjoyable and the wildlife we have seen has been amazing. Thanks to all involved.

Wildlife in a Highland Landscape May 2012

A truly amazing experience for a lover of wildlife and found it relaxing, invigorating and inspirational.

Wildlife guest May 12

The rangers were wonderful, very friendly, helpful and fluent when giving information. They could not have been better. They had a telescope ready at all times and were constantly adjusting them and helping us.

Swarovski/Johnny Kingdom guest May 12

The rangers were absolutely first class. Brenna was brilliant, fun and knowledgeable, if she didn't know the answer she found out for us.

Aigas Wildlife Guest May 2012

The staff and rangers looked after us; so passionate & encouraging. Their motto that "nothing is too much trouble at Aigas" is true!

Wildlife in a Highland Landscape

I can't say enough about the rangers. They were all great and so helpful. I would have been proud to have them as my own children.

Aigas Wildlife May 2012

Our thanks to all the Aigas team for an excellent holiday last week! The food, rangers and kitchen staff were all excellent and our days out filled with information and fun! Read full testimonial...

Aigas Wildlife Week April 2012

The week at Aigas was unforgettable in many ways; it was both relaxing and full of surprises. Aigas Field Centre provides a unique way of getting close to wildlife, while enjoying a family atmosphere and great food.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, Aug 11

It is absolutely impossible to single out any one day or activity that did not provide delight, excitement and unforgettable experiences. Every day was full of those things.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, Sept 11

Thank you for providing me with a holiday that cannot be beaten, anywhere. The rangering and hospitality / food and wildlife experiences will be something I'll cherish until I return. Thank you once again.

Tim Mead, Aigas Wildlife - Sept 11

All the children and our grandchildren want to come back again.

When you say we are guests in your home, you really mean it. Not only do you provide the outstanding programs you advertise, you provide warmth and extra efforts that may not always be necessary. You are gracious to all. I thank you so much for your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Barbara and Randy Schnabel, Nature's Child Guests 2011

The general atmosphere of welcome and loving-kindness of Aigas, the unobtrusive attention to detail, the beauty, the peace and the quietness all contribute to the therapeutic effect of a stay here. When they say, "Nothing is too much trouble at Aigas," they really mean it!

Margaret Shand, Digital Photography 2011

Generosity and integrity are the words that spring to mind about Aigas. The generosity of the family in sharing their family home with visitors – the generosity of everyone in giving time and sharing knowledge with their guests, and the integrity which is the basis of everything that is done here. This is a very special place.

Peter Martin, Aigas Wildlife Guest

The rangers are amazing! Such lovely, gentle, generous young people and astonishingly well informed. Always courteous, helpful and enthusiastic. Whoever selects and trains them does a wonderful job!

Pam Martin, Aigas Wildlife Guest 2011

All the staff, Sir John and Lucinda were very welcoming and made us feel this was our home for the week! A privilege to meet such an enthusiastic and knowledgeable person as Sir John. All the rangers are a testament to the quality of training they receive at Aigas. Many thanks for a wonderful week!

John & Neomi, Aigas Wildlife Guests, June 2011

A special week in a unique place; highly recommended!

Peter Kite

We enjoyed an excellent week and saw everything we expected to see and more. The young guides were uniformly excellent!

Charles Kinsey

An excellent mix of history and the local natural and cultural environments

Aigas Outer Hebrides Guest, June 2011

I felt that nothing was too much trouble if the hosts could accommodate! The gardens were a tranquil delight and the rangers were attentive, kind and offered more information than I will be able to remember! Looking forward to receiving the notes

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2011

We would most certainly recommend this holiday to our friends!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2011

A few places, to me, have become very special. Aigas is one of them!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2011

The quality of the young rangers is exceptional! They are articulate, knowledgable, positive and display warmth and a sense of humour

Tony Warren

The experience of seeing the wildlife, learning the background knowledge and a comfortable stay are masterfully combined!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2011

Aigas is the civilised celebration of wild life and the rangers are the epitome of good nature!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2011

A week under Jenny Campbell's expert leadership has been a sheer delight. She has left us informed and entertained with her excellent knowledge of birds / local history and many other topics we discussed during the longer drives. Read full testimonial...

Spring Birds Guest, 2011

Does everything it says on the tin and more. A fantastic week!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, April 11

The week has been a birder's dream in Scotland!

Spring Birds Guest, 2011

As usual everything was of the highest standard & extremely efficient. Would not hesitate to recommend Aigas to anybody interested in a wildlife holiday.

Theo Oddie, Veteran Aigas Guest!

Words fail to describe the excellent food on offer. It is worth going on an Aigas programme only for the food!

Spring Birds Guest, 2011

I've wanted to come to Aigas for a while & now I've been it has more than met my expectations. The rangers are a superb "bunch", polite, helpful, knowledgeable and charming. The kitchen staff are first rate & the Lister-Kaye family so friendly & welcoming - I couldn't have asked for more.

Jean Silver Wildlife week April 2011

A fabulous week, excellent staff, superb location, very thoughtfully constructed programme. Only issue was the food was too good!!!

Kev & Gwen April 2011

Congratulations to the hugely dedicated Aigas staff who all teach the importance of our connectedness with nature - that we are a part of it, not apart from it.

HRH The Prince of Wales

A superb experience, a bench-mark for wildlife holidays!

Wildlife week October 2010

A truly wonderful experience. I have learned so much in a short time. Lovely people, accommodation good, very interesting activities and food, FAB! Would recommend.

Sue Warner Wildlife October 2010

Aigas is a Utopia of the wildlife world, a truly mind-blowing experience, many thanks.

David Bridle - October Wildlife 2010

Within Aigas's fully organised programme there is sufficient flexibility for individual preferences and participation. The rangers who accompany guests on activities make sure that everyone's needs and interests are catered for.

Aigas Wildlife September 2010

I would just like to thank you for a FANTASTIC holiday.

Monarchs of the Glen 2010

Superb, friendly hospitality, excellent food and service.

Travelling Naturalist guest October 2010

The informality of Aigas House was similar to staying at a friend's home - I felt I was thoroughly at ease. Frequent contact with Sir John & Lucy made me realise what is meant by Highland courtesy.

Autumn Birds guest 2010

Exceeded my expectations! I loved that the schedule was arranged daily to meet weather conditions. Activities in the mornings and evenings were an unexpected bonus.

Nature Photography Guest, Sept 10

We think that the rangers and the rest of the staff must take "pleasant pills" every morning. They are exceptionally friendly and helpful and positive. Lady Lucy is awesome!

Road Scholar Guest, Sept 2010

This holiday was like a country house weekend. The scenery is stunning, the people are lovely, it lived up to its name, we feel sad at leaving but we'll be back!

Betty James, Aigas Wildlife 2010

Thoroughly enjoyed my week's photographic experience. I'd give Laurie Campbell an "A" for patience; not just with me but with the whole group. Nothing was too much trouble for him.

Nature Photography Guest, Sept 10

Perfect place for watching / photographing wildlife. Will be back next year.

Nature Photography Guest, Sept 10

My expectations were huge and Aigas was just like them. Now, that rarely happens in life!

Nature Photography Guest, Sept 10

We were made to feel very welcome in this wonderful place. Everyone was so enthusiastic and informative and nothing was too much trouble. Have learnt so much. Had a wonderful time. Thank you!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, Sept 10

At Aigas we were given the opportunity to excitedly shout, "I've got a big one!" Read full testimonial...

Aigas Wildlife Guest, Sept 10

The writer's course was immensely valuable, with writing courses out in the field & during field trips. Read full testimonial...

Nature Writing Guest, Sept 10

A brilliant experience! As a novice 'wildlifer' I learned so much through enjoying myself.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, 2010

Our guides were beyond expectations! Personable, entertaining, knowledgeable, funny, nothing seemed too much trouble for them.

Tommy Duncan, Aigas Wildlife, 2010

Beautiful creatures and location, wonderful place to stay, delicious meals, terrific people!

Laura Christie, Aigas Wildlife 2010

Also wanted to say what a life changing experience the whole week was. I came away feeling I wanted to know more, not just about wildlife, but the world around us. Read full testimonial...

Jean King, Aigas Wildlife 2010.

I returned 7/25 from Land, Sea and Skye in Scotland. It was one of the best if not the best tours I've experienced. Read full testimonial...

Betty Anson, Road Scholar, USA

The Aigas Wildlife week did not disappoint & we visited some stunningly beautiful locations. The rangers were friendly and knowlegable, the food and accommodation unbeatable. Many thanks to Sir John and Lady Lucy for making me so welcome in their home.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, July 2010

Gracious hosts and wonderful staff combined with the beauty and power of nature: what we all need.

Road Scholar Guest, 2010

Our hosts and their staff were welcoming and capable; we felt in good hands. The program was very comprehensive and exceeded our expectations. Read full testimonial...

Road Scholar Guest, 2010

This is the kind of independent travel programme even serious and experienced travellers couldn't put together independently.

Road Scholar Guest, 2010

This programme far exceeds the expectations derived from its description. The staff were personable, dedicated and committed to convey understandings of their topics.

Road Scholar Guest, 2010

Between you your knowledge was outstanding and you really brought the whole Orkney trip alive. We thoroughly enjoyed everything that we did and felt that the size of the group was just right.

Janice and Paddy Doherty, The Magic of Orkney 2010

The trip was truly outstanding with days filled with pleasure and happiness as we saw and did so many things. I will never forget it and have already visited the Aigas web site to see what I’d like to do next.

Jan Barley, Hebrides & Skye Guest July 2010

Aigas never fails. If you're looking for spectacular wildlife and scenery, this is for you! My third visit - I will be back!

Hebrides and Skye Guest, July 2010

The very special Aigas magic will draw me back with a magnetic pull to enjoy again more of it's countless wonders and natural beauty. Read full testimonial...

Peter Robinson, Summer Birds July 2010

My visit surpassed all expectations. The lodge was comfortable and well provided for; the housekeeping and menu was first rate, & the rangers a delight to spend time with.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

Aigas provided me with an all round excellent experience in the Scottish Highlands with good food, good company and a lot of laughs!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

A wonderful experience of Highland hospitality and something new learned every day. Aigas is unique. I sometimes thought it was a wondeful dream.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

Very, very much appreciated all the vegetarian options!

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

Aigas has a wonderfully peaceful and nurturing atmosphere with a very flexible programme of wildlife experiences with caring staff. Thank you.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

An excellent week; I was made to feel welcome by all the staff. It was like being part of a family...

Laurie Campbell Photography Guest, May 2010

An excellent opportunity to improve my photography under the patient guidance of an expert like Laurie Campbell. Thank you!

Laurie Campbell Photography Guest, May 2010

Aigas IS an experience - the beautiful surroundings are complimented by friendly and knowledgable staff. The wildlife viewing is amazing. Thank you for a fantastic week.

Aigas Wildlife Guests, May 2010

The whole week has been very enjoyable, very well organised; excellent food... in all a wonderful experience.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2010

We enjoyed holidaying with like-minded people and your staff were the 'jewel in the crown!'

Aigas Wildlife Guest, May 2010

A very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Everyone most helpful and knowledgable. We have no hesitation in recommending it.

Aigas Wildlife Guest, June 2010

Aigas is unique - the only place in the UK where you can see badgers, pine martens, ospreys, peregrines, capercaillie, beavers and much more all on one site - it is a matchless experience!

Dr David Dixon

Lovely scenery, lovely wildlife, lovely food & lovely people. Aigas is literally another – and better – world! A place to celebrate life.

Bill Oddie, BBC TV Wildlife presenter

There is a place which to me is heaven on earth – Aigas.

Mary M Williams, Denver, Colorado

Another excellent few days - I'll certainly be back!

Monarchs of the Glen 2006 guest

Thanks for a wonderful stay…it was a privilege to be welcomed so warmly into your home and enjoy such an abundance of hospitality.... Read full testimonial...

Martin Milton, 2006

I always think of it as an enchanting and enchanted earthly blend of the Buddhist Shangri-La and the Celtic Tir-nan-Og, the Land of the Ever Young. Read full testimonial...

Magnus Magnusson KBE

The future of our wildlife is in our hands. At Aigas you can experience the joys and the excitement – and the wonder – of wild nature.

Kate Humble, BBC Wildlife Presenter

Aigas teaches through engendering a delight in and love of the Earth’s beauty. This is the absolute key and I salute their achievements. Read full testimonial...

Prof. Aubrey Manning CBE, Broadcaster and Conservationist

Your enthusiasm and commitment to wildlife and conservation has inspired so many people... Read full testimonial...

Jamie McMillan, Director of The Travelling Naturalist

The very best wildlife encounters need the very best optics. Swarovski is delighted to work with Aigas, Scotland’s celebrated nature centre, in your 30th year. Read full testimonial...

John Brinkley, Managing Director Swarovski Optik UK

I never cease to be amazed at just how many people that work for the environment in Scotland have benefited from the ‘Aigas experience'. Read full testimonial...

Dr Jeff Watson, Conservationist and Golden Eagle Expert

Each day was a wonderful and different experience with excellent staff who were friendly and enthusiastic. Hospitality par excellence!

Monarchs of the Glen 2006 guest

We would like you to know how much we appreciated the warm welcome, the comfortable lodges, the enthusiasm and expertise of the rangers and the unfailingly delicious meals. Read full testimonial...

Raeden Ramblers, Aberdeen

My week at Aigas was outstanding. Aigas buzzes with enthusiasm, personal commitment and delightful, old-world charm. A unique experience – deeply personal and fulfilling.

Alfie Alcorn, Harvard Museum of Natural History

Aigas was indeed a very enriching and enjoyable experience; surely one to be long remembered. Thank you all.

Eleanor Lambert, Derby

The badger hide was fantastic – the best holiday I’ve ever had!

Ian Julien, Hayling Island

The entire experience was outstanding! I left my heart at Aigas! Read full testimonial...

John & Liz Daley, Ashford, Kent

Everyone commented on the great food and accommodations throughout – but especially at Aigas Field Centre. Read full testimonial...

Peter Roberts - Victor Emanuel Nature Tours


Thank you for your hospitality! Meeting you and seeing what you are doing to give others a sense of the Scottish values of community and the importance of nature in human life has been a meaningful experience.

Anne Davis

That you gave so much of yourself in such a warm, loving and caring fashion, made me feel I was with my extended family. Read full testimonial...

John Lipkowitz , New York

Your staff’s local knowledge, enthusiasm and generosity of spirit contributed to a memorable holiday.

Visitors from Shropshire

We very much enjoyed the beautiful venue of the House of Aigas, the field trips – all together was outstanding and will be close to our hearts for a long time. However, you gave us much more – your kindness and open warmth, from all your staff.

Marija Zupanic-Vicar, The World Conservation Union

The newcomers all expressed their pleasure on the location and accommodation and especially the friendliness of the rangers whose expertise and knowledge of the locations we were taken to and of the birds and mammals seen was first class.

Stan Bailey, Group leader RSPB Potters Bar & Barnet

We had a delightful time and want you to know how much we appreciated the hospitality, friendliness, education, comfort, enthusiasm, and professionalism from you all. You made us feel a part of your extended family.

R & P Barnes-Gorell

It was clear that everything was aimed at making a stay at Aigas as superb as possible, from every aspect – the exceptional food, the fascinating field trips, the delightfully helpful and courteous rangers, staff and memorable time spent in the hides.

Sally Ferrers, Somerset

We had a wonderful time at Aigas. The lovely surroundings, the trips, and above all, the wonderfully friendly atmosphere of everyone really made the holiday. Many, many thanks.

Pam Hobday, Dorset

You made us so comfortable, thought of everything, kept us spellbound; your rangers and staff were so courteous and considerate; Aigas so exceeded our expectations, and then there were the birds … We shall be back you can be sure of that!

Marion Fletcher, Guildford, Surrey

It felt as though we were among old friends and we appreciated all that was arranged for us, not least beavers, badgers and pine martens! And the dinners!! We will be back.

Anne & Michael Pickstock

A wonderful place and experience, with the most luxurious and well-built hides I've ever seen!

Monarchs of the Glen 2009 guest

Within 15 minutes at Aigas I had seen a honey buzzard, an osprey and a beaver. Aigas lives and breathes wildlife and everyone who visits does the same.

Kate Humble, BBC Wildlife Presenter

We had a fab time with you, and really appreciated your flexibility...You and your staff are very knowledgeable..Your hides provided us with amazing sights of pine martens and badgers...nothing was too much trouble.

K & G Edwards

We dearly miss this home away from home. Many, many thanks for all your hospitality and information. Your attention to our group was quite remarkable and gave us all wonderful insight into this special land.

Carol Bassett

Treasured memories are the mouth-watering cakes, just waiting to be scoffed on our return from a day’s exploration and the magnificent sighting of the dolphins - a truly majestic experience. Read full testimonial...

Nora & Rob Wilkinson, Leeds

Aigas is a miracle - such a stunning combination of wildlife, professionalism and class. Thank you!

Sam Goldsmith

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