Nestled within the wilds of the Cairngorms National Park and right on the edge of the ancient Abernethy Forest, the Dell is perfectly placed to experience the unique habitat and wildlife of this area. For 2019, the Dell will be the Home of BBC Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch; a beautiful and sensitive showcase of our wonderful Cairngorms through the seasons. From here, the team will be able to reach out to the heart of the Cairngorms; look at the habitat provided by the ancient ‘granny pines,’ home to everything from tiny insects to marauding pine martens. The Cairngorms will provide the backdrop for a much bigger story – the way our landscape has changed on both geological, and anthropological time scales.
Wild, unspoilt and still possible to walk in absolute silence amongst the tall Caledonian Pines, quietly observing. The wilderness that surrounds us is a truly special experience. The Cairngorms National Park is the largest in the UK and a stronghold for many rare and endangered species making it a unique place to experience wildlife.
The Dell is a peaceful retreat just on the edge of Nethy Bridge, ‘The Forest Village’ - a sleepy, friendly place reached by riverside walk or through the endless trails of the Abernethy Forest. The RSPB Osprey Centre at Loch Garten is just a 10 minute drive, to the north, the wild Moray Coast beaches and to the south, the heart of the Cairngorms. The Dell is an hour from Inverness airport, 20 mins from Aviemore train station and around 3 hours north of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Escape the hustle and bustle and embrace the outdoors. Instinct's adventure days are based around their passion for the outdoors, nature, wilderness skills and of course, food!
The Dell makes for the perfect base to learn wilderness skills that will last you a lifetime. Instinct's adventure days are action packed, from learning how to light fire using traditional methods and cooking venison on the open fire to mastering tomahawk throwing, they have something for everyone. Days are tailored for all abilities and perfectly suited for groups, families or corporate days. Sessions are customised to your groups needs so if you have something in mind, let them know.
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. If it's wildlife you want to see, Instinct will make it happen! A perfect day trip from the Dell, customise your own adventure. From lochs and rivers, through the Scottish pine forest, over the moor and into the mountains. All wildlife day trips include your personal guide and unique access to some of the highlands top locations, all from the comfort of our 4x4 vehicles. Enjoy lunch in our lunch hut whilst taking in spectacular views of the Cairngorm Mountains. Regularly seeing Golden Eagle, White Tailed Eagle, Crested Tits, Black Grouse, Red Grouse and Red Deer to name a few.
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. With endless stunning trails leaving directly from the Dell, what better a pace to view Scotland’s top wildlife than on foot? Taking around three hours, this Wildlife walk allows you to enjoy all the fantastic sights and sounds of nature up close.