Wildlife and Nature

 

 

The famous Highland Wildlife Park is right on the doorstep.  The Park shows Scotland's native wildlife - past and present - in its natural setting which includes both drive-through and walk-round areas.  In recent years, a number of internationally endangered mountain and tundra species has also been introduced.  The Highland Wildlife Park is open all year. 

 

Most of Meadowside Highland Cottages look out over the RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve.  This is one of the UK's most important wetlands with a huge variety of breeding, migratory and wintering birds.  Until the mid-twentieth century, much of the rich wetland was irrigated and cultivated - hence the "meadows" from which Meadowside House was named.

 

Inshriach Nursery offers a rare opportunity to see a wide range of heathers, alpine and sub-alpine plants in a lovely wooded setting above the River Spey.

 

The "Ski Road" from Aviemore to Cairngorm Mountain runs through Rothiemurchus Estate which offers a number of wildlife opportunities in one of the last remnants of the ancient Caledonian Pine Forest.

 

Visit Britain's only free range herd of reindeer at the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre at Glenmore.  You can meet and stroke reindeer at the House or join a trip to feed them out in the hills.

 

 

Further afield, you could take a dolphin-watching cruise on the Moray Firth . . . or try Nessie-Spotting from the shores of Loch Ness!