See Scotland's iconic wildlife

Wonderful wildlife holidays in Scotland

Scotland is a birdwatcher's paradise

Mammals in their natural habitat

Birdwatching on the Scottish Islands

Wildlife watching amidst stunning landscapes

Spectacular wildlife sightings

Small group holidays

All-inclusive Wildlife Watching Holidays

Speyside Wildlife has been delivering wonderful wildlife watching experiences throughout Scotland, the UK and in many overseas destinations since 1991 and this year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary. We are showcasing all our Scottish holidays on this site; if you’d like to see our worldwide holidays for next year, then please head over to our main website for full details of all our holidays, together with much more information about Speyside Wildlife.

Wildlife watching in the Scottish Highlands

Spring Birds, Summer Mammals, Autumn Wildlife – just some of the fantastic holidays based at our lovely Steading in Glenfeshie, deep in the Cairngorms National Park. Astonishing wildlife begins right outside the door and you can wander wherever you like. Crested Tit, Woodcock, Common Sandpiper, Dipper and Grey Wagtail can be seen, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk and Golden Eagle frequently fly over. We have our very own forest hide and Osprey nest. Scottish Crossbill, Redstart and Red Squirrel are in our woods, Pine Marten visit our baited sites and Otter lurk along the river. Truly a wildlife watcher’s paradise!

Scottish Islands wildlife holidays

The incredible landscapes and coasts of the Scottish islands are home to an array of birds and mammals and each year we take our guests to explore the stunning areas of Mull, Orkney, Shetland, Sutherland and Islay. These beautiful areas have huge colonies of seabirds, Otters, Whales, Dolphins, White-tailed Eagles, Puffins and divers and we explore the local archeology of Orkney and Shetland. Staying in traditional inns and guesthouses with stunning views, we are extremely comfortable and enjoy mouth-watering meals made from fresh local produce.

Day trips

Enjoy a fabulous day or two out with one of our guides, who know exactly where to take you to track down the species on your wish list! We have a pool of guides, each with specific knowledge and interests and we will match your specific day guiding needs to the skills of our guides to ensure you have the best day out possible. Choose from four options: Caledonian Pine Forest, Highland Glen, Heather Moorland and Coast or Cairngorm Mountains. Have a standard day between 9am and 5pm, or an extended 10 hour day – great for early morning starts or evening finishes, depending on what you most want to see.

Dusk Watches

Join us one evening to watch the nocturnal creatures that visit our warm and comfortable baited hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Whilst the animals are free and untamed and appear when they wish, years of understanding their nocturnal habits has ensured incredibly reliable sightings: Pine Marten is seen throughout the year; Badger can occur nightly, but less often in winter; a small forest herd of Roe Deer roam here and we also frequently see Red Deer. We are often visited by the delightful Woodmouse and hear, and sometimes see, Tawny Owls which nest in this part of the forest.

Wildlife watching around the globe

Speyside Wildlife leads birding and wildlife watching holidays in other areas of the UK and overseas, including Europe, the Americas and Asia. This year’s trips include Birds and Music in Prague; Kamchatka; Uganda; Yellowstone National Park; Texas; Nova Scotia; Spain; Oland; Hungary, Romania and, within the UK, the Farne Islands and Northumberland. Details of all these holidays – and other destinations – and much more information about us and our operation are on our international website, where you can sign up for our newsletter to be the first to hear about new trips!

Our Responsible Travel Ethos

We’re all becoming increasingly aware of our impact on the environment. Consequently, we endeavour to do our bit to reduce our footprint. Not only are we adhering to the “reduce, re-use, recycle” ethos, but we’re also making a contribution back into the environment. Speyside Wildlife has linked up with RSPB Abernethy, which has a long term vision to extend the Caledonian Pine Forest within the Reserve. We also encourage guests to travel to Scotland by train – we offer a free station pick-up for all our Highland holidays; book using the Trainline or the Caledonian Sleeper.


Most of the photos on this website are taken by Speyside Wildlife guides, but we are also extremely grateful to the following for allowing us to use their images. Please follow the links to view their own websites:

Pete Cairns

Graham Hazlegreaves