We offer 7 or 4-night, all-inclusive wildlife holidays. These are based at Glenloy Lodge, near Fort William in the West Highlands of Scotland. Seven night holidays run from Saturday to Saturday and include 6 full days of guided wildlife watching. Four night holidays are more focused, with three full day trips targeting specific wildlife. All boat and additional trips are also included as are all meals. We offer an optional pick-up and drop-off from Fort William.
All holidays are led by naturalists and trained biologists, Jon and Angela Mercer. We explore the wildlife and landscape of Lochaber and surrounding area, looking for iconic Scottish species such as the ‘big five’ (golden eagle, red deer, otter, common seal and red squirrel). Other wildlife we look for include; divers, sea eagles, black grouse and cetaceans. There is wide variety of wildlife in the area, with northern butterflies being one of our specialities. We include plants and insects in our interests and will try to have at least one decent walk each day which allows us to look more closely at all aspects of the local ecology. These will be up to about 3 miles in length, and will include rough ground. Although we always go at a pace that allows us to spot as much as possible, whilst providing opportunities for photographers.
Holiday titles reflect seasonal highlights, but on all holiday weeks we will cover a wide range of habitats and species. Holiday prices reflect additional transport costs required for different target species, such as marine mammals, but at least one boat trip will be included in each full week (weather permitting).
Group size is a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 people.
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Whales and other wildlife | (7 nights) | £995 31/08/19 - 07/09/19
We take at least two full day boat trips in search of whales, dolphins and basking sharks, one of which should take us to a basking shark hotspot. We also should have good eagle sightings as youngsters are taught to hunt by their parents. Black-throated divers, swallows and martins flock prior to migration. Blackcock start to lek again. 31/08/19 – 07/9/19 7 nights dinner, bed &… read more Holiday Type : Full Week Wildlife Holidays
Early Autumn Wildlife | (7 nights) | £895 14/09/19 - 21/09/19
We focus on early autumn wildlife watching in very different locations throughout Lochaber and beyond. Includes a late boat trip to the Small Isles, with a good chance of minke whales and other cetaceans before the equinox. First signs of red deer rut. Raptors hunt pipits in the glens. First autumn migrants appear. Late summer dragonflies are still flying strongly, including common and southern ha… read more Holiday Type : Full Week Wildlife Holidays
Red Deer Rut | (4 nights) | £550 28/09/18 - 02/10/18
Includes an early morning trip looking for deer. We also take a long day-trip across to Rum, weather permitting, to visit the famous rutting grounds at Kilmory, where a hide provides excellent views of study animals on the rutting ground. 28/09/2018 – 02/10/2018 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast with 3 full days wildlife watching, lunch included. Suggested itinerary Cost: £550 … read more Holiday Type : Short Breaks
West Highland Autumn | (7 nights) | £895 06/10/18 - 13/10/18
We include a boat trip to Knoydart to explore this remote area. Red deer rut getting into full swing. Raptors hunt pipits in the glens. First autumn migrants appear. Trees start to turn, providing wonderful autumn colours. Ducks all back in breeding plumage. Harrier roost starts to form at the Insh marshes. 6/10/18 – 13/10/18 7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast with 6 full days wildlife wa… read more Holiday Type : Full Week Wildlife Holidays