We are surrounded by thousands of acres of moorland and forest, teeming with magnificent wildlife. 


The RSPB owns the nearby Insh Marshes Nature Reserve and just 30 minutes up the road, the Loch Garten Nature Reserve, home of the world famous Ospreys. 

Just 15 minutes away, the superb, award-winning Highland Wildlife Park, with its Snow Leopards, Amur Tigers and Polar Bears to name but 3 of its residents, is well worth a visit. 

You can also get “up close & personal” with The Cairngorm Reindeer Herd near Aviemore and, if you wish, book a sled-dog ride through the forests. Both are great fun!! 

If you are interested in photographing our native wild animals & birds, Neil McIntyre conducts excellent Wildlife Photography Courses and Workshops. 

Alan Bantick, one of our local wildlife experts has kindly written a detailed overview for you about the wildlife you might expect to see in this lovely area.