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"Seeing Grizzly Bears, Bison and the two wolves really close in the Hayden Valley, what a wow moment!"
Ann Thitchener, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Birds, Bears, Beaver, Bisons and Beer! Amazing mountain scenery!"
Jenni & Keith Williamson, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Seeing a bison corpse being devoured by a grizzly bear with a coyote and ravens in attendance and than joined by a bald eagle - pure magic!"

Sonia & Clive Adkin, Yellowstone Spring 2014

The best views we have had of Black Shouldered Kite, Montagus Harrier sky dancing and Spanish Imperial Eaglesand will be remembered forever."
Chris and Andy Mortimer, Extremadura 2015

"There were so many highlights - the gasp from my young son when he put his eye to the telescope and saw the eagle owl with its chick; watching two imperial eagles barking at a vulture as they dive bombed it; watching a male Great bustard displaying and then actually winning his female I could go on and on and on …"
Alex, Jess and Tom Rafinski, Extremadura 2014

"Seeing the Spanish Imperial Eagle, one mobbing a vulture and another with a Genet in its beak."
Alan Willison, Extremadura 2013

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About Us


Our holidays are just that - holidays. We’ll try to squeeze in as many exciting activities as we can, but still give you completely relaxed enjoyment, so that you can ‘switch off’ for the week. We pride ourselves on our high level of personal attention, but we won’t race around in pursuit of big lists. Our guides’ enthusiasm is infectious and whether you are a beginner or more experienced, young or old, we are happy to take time so you can enjoy the wildlife on a Speyside Wildlife experience to the full. Our office team makes sure everything runs smoothly before you arrive and our chefs at the Steading often get more praise than the wildlife and can tailor the meals to any specific requirements. Away from Speyside our holidays around Scotland and Overseas run to a very similar format. We try to find the most friendly, rural, good quality, family-run accommodation with ensuite facilities. For us, great food, accommodation with character and comfort and wildlife watching near at hand, are all vital ingredients in a successful Speyside Wildlife holiday.

You’ll find that you need little, if any, extra spending money (unless detailed), as our holidays are all inclusive - the price you see is the final price you pay and covers accommodation, meals, transport, boat and ferry costs and flights, as detailed with each destination. Not included are travel insurance, tips, expenditure for telephone calls, drinks, etc, at the accommodation and items of a personal nature.

25 years of holidays with Speyside Wildlife
What a milestone! Those of you who first came with us in the 1990s, to our house in Nethybridge, probably never imagined that by 2016 we’d be taking guests around the world, or that a major part of our 25th Anniversary year would be celebrating the fact that 25 or more guests have taken 25 or more holidays with us.

Speyside Wildlife has always been focused on its guests and where you want to go. In the early years it was our house parties in Nethybridge, Mallorca and New England that topped your lists, now everyone is much more adventurous, with Mongolia, Patagonia and Spitsbergen frequently on the wish list. Wherever it’s been and whatever you want to do, our ethos has always been; small friendly groups of like-minded people, where everyone is treated as an individual and not one of a crowd.

Throughout the year, in different ways, we shall enjoy our achievement with all of you. We have already started, by thanking the first 25 of you to book a holiday in our 25th Anniversary year, with a £25 book token. Other things will happen throughout the year, especially for those who are part of the “25 holidays” group! In addition, we shall be seeing many of you at our events up and down the country and little extras will happen at each of these.

If guests are one side of the Speyside Wildlife coin, then my staff are the equal and opposite other. They are what makes us what we are and their loyalty goes hand in hand with that of our guests. Many of them also remember the house in Nethybridge and have been leading holidays for you since then, indeed many of you choose your holidays because of who the guides will be and others book in the certain knowledge that the office team will do all it takes to make your holiday as relaxing and stress free as possible.

So here’s to the next 25 years! You haven’t run out of ideas of where you want to go and what you want to do. I’m sure the list of holidays then, will look as different as this year’s does from the 1991 destinations, but the desire to see wildlife in beautiful surroundings in small friendly groups will remain the same - many thanks to all of you for making us what we are.


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CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK BRAND - Increasing quality whilst reducing impact

We've been granted use of this Brand by the Cairngorms National Park Authority. This is only given to those businesses who have agreed to a set of quality standards in respect of their visitor experience, together with a commitment to reducing their impact on the natural environment.

VISIT SCOTLAND - Quality Assurance Scheme - Wildlife Experience

Speyside Wildlife is one of 40 wildlife businesses to be assessed under Visit Scotland's pilot scheme for Wildlife Experiences achieving 4 Star status for our day tours. Watch out for the designation throughout Scotland. We were delighted to receive our letter of confirmation from Visit Scotland so thought we'd share some of it with you here, ''Thank you for participating in the pilot of the new Wildlife Experience Designator within our Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions. Your feedback and contribution to the introduction of this new development has been invaluable and we would like to welcome you as a new member of the Quality Assurance Grading Scheme".


The air holidays and flights are ATOL Protected, since we hold an Air Travel Organiser's Licence granted by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 4259. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk.