Itinerary – Red Deer Rut Break
The following itinerary gives an idea of what to expect this week. Exact locations will vary according to preferences and weather. Remember – some of the best wildlife encounters can be had in inclement weather!
Friday: Arrival. Orientation. Pine marten watching (which can be held each evening). Remember to listen for deer roaring on the hills around the Lodge
Saturday: Red Deer rut on Rum. Catch the early ferry from Mallaig across to Rum. Possibility of whales, dolphins and porpoise. Escorted tour to the rutting grounds at Kilmory, where we learn something about the red deer research on Rum, whilst watching the rut from the comfort of a hide. Watch out for eagles when walking across the island to Kilmory. Return on evening ferry
Sunday: (am) Glen Loy. Explore this lovely glen with a wide mixture of habitats including the original Caledonian Pine Reserve, which we will get a taste of. Walk up the glen to look for eagles and, of course, rutting deer.
(pm) Glen Roy. View the famous Parallel Roads of Glen Roy and drive up the glen looking for raptors, red, roe and sika deer and small birds, particularly at Brae Roy, where we have a short walk. Keep an eye out for brown hares.
Monday: (early) Drive to Glen Garry to look for rutting deer before late breakfast.
(am / pm) Loch Eil. Drive round the loch looking for seabirds, sea eagles and otters. Have a walk in scenic Stronchreggan (deer and eagles) if time permits. Return via Corran Ferry. Look for red squirrels at the feeders at Inchree. If time, call in at Lochy Mouth on way home to look for waterfowl and otters.
Tuesday 3rd: Depart after breakfast
Other options – Glen Nevis, Morvern, Loch Arkaig, Glen Etive