Day Trips

If you'd like a guide for a day or two of wildlife watching in the Cairngorms National Park and beyond, you've come to the right place. Days out can be tailored to give you the best chance of catching up with Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Scottish Crossbill, Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, Black Grouse and much more. For a complete wildlife watching mini-break in Scotland or further afield, click on our Tailor-made tab and look at all the options.

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Leaders We match your specific day guiding needs to the skills of our guides, to ensure you have the best day out possible. We therefore have a pool of guides that we use, each with specific knowledge and interests. You can book a standard day – 9am-5pm – or an extended day. Extended days can start early or finish late, depending on the species you would like to see. The full details on the itinerary tab tell you which days out work best as extended days. Your guide will suggest the best start time. It will be dependent on the time of year and the main species you would like to look for.

Please provide a mobile phone number on the booking form, so that your guide can get in contact with you two or three days before your due day out, to ensure all details in place. For extended days booked, this will include a suggestion of the best start time.

Weather Weather varies from cold to warm and sunny (-5° to +25°C), with less rainfall than much of Scotland but snow possible in the mountains


Cost£250.00 (£195 if booked online) Standard day – 9am to 5pm
£295.00 (£250 if booked online) Extended day – max 10 hours – actual time to be agreed between you and your guide.
(either day out includes transport for you and up to 6 companions)

WalkingMost walks will be on wide sandy tracks, except in the Cairngorms, where terrain is more steep and uneven, so walking boots are essential

OptionsCaledonian Pine Forest
Highland Glen
Heather Moorland and Coast
Cairngorm Mountains
(more details about each day can be found on the itinerary tab)

IncludedWildlife guide on an exclusive basis for you and up to 6 guests Transport for the day in comfortable minibus or car

InsectsBiting midges occur in some places during the summer