The Cairngorms are an area of ancient woodlands, winding rivers and dark peat lochs surrounding an Arctic-like mountain landscape, the wildest of its kind in Britain. Amongst the ancient caledonian pines there are peaceful wetlands, woodland bogs and hillsides blanketed in heather; home to many plants, birds and mammals found in few other places.
Capercaillie, Pine Marten, Red squirrel, Golden Eagle, White tailed eagle, Wildcat, Crossbill, Roe Deer, Badger, Owl, Mountain Hare, Common Lizard, Crested Tits, Brambling, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Bullfinch, Siskin, Long-tailed Tit, Starling, Tree Creeper... The list goes on.
The Dell is perfectly placed for wildlife watching and we're delighted to be linked up with the team at Instinct Guides. Ruari's roots run deep in this area and he is a wealth of local insights and secret locations.
Ruari offers guided nature walks, ‘Wilderness days’ and a 4x4 safari from the Dell and is always able to tailor his programme to suit what you’re most interested to find. View our full line up.
A ten minute drive from the Dell or a lovely quiet cycle through the forest, Loch Garten is an incredibly special place. Spring and Summer for breeding Ospreys, crested tits and common lizards. Autumn and Winter, the arrival of wild grey-lag and pink-footed geese, flying low and gathering on the water at dusk. This is also a very favourite wild swimming spot of ours and even the scene of our ‘loony-dook’ on the 1st of January. Visit the RSPB Website to learn more.
The only free-range herd of Reindeer to be found in the UK, this herd were reintroduced back in the 1950s and they are now are up to 150 between the Cairngorms and Glenlivet. The trip up on the hill where it’s possible to walk amongst them and feed them by hand is truly the most wonderful experience for young and old. Visit the Cairngorm Reindeer website to learn more.