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6th September 2012 | Regional News, Special Offers

Discover Wildlife in Scotland this Autumn

Red KiteScotland is renowned for its diverse wildlife, much of which can be found in publically accessible areas of the country, including locations close to some of our Scottish Holiday Parks. During autumn, the Scottish countryside is looking particularly beautiful and offers some fantastic wildlife spotting opportunities in between exploring the many walks and trails. We’ve identified some of the best wildlife and nature visits near some of our Holiday Parks in Scotland;

Pitlochry Fish Ladder – Close to Tummel Valley Holiday Park

Constructed to allow the salmon to by-pass the Pitlochry Dam and travel upstream to Loch Faskally, the ladder measures a massive 310 metres with 34 chambers and tunnels that the 5,000 salmon that travel to Loch Faskally swim through. The underwater viewing gallery gives you a chance to see a salmon swimming through, and the best time to try and spot them is during the autumn!

The Galloway Red Kite Trail – Close to Southerness Holiday Park

For bird watching enthusiasts in particular, but also anyone with an interest in rare wildlife, the Galloway Red Kite Trail is a must see!

Having once been almost extinct, these birds were re-introduced into the area in 2011 and have since become established. During the winter months, the trail takes an anti-clockwise route of 24 miles around Loch Ken and along the way you will find viewing points, hides, feeding station and a visitor centre. Large numbers of kites are often best seen together in late afternoon during the winter.

Caerlaverock Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – Close to Southerness Holiday Park

The Trust is well known for its huge colonies of geese and swans, as tens of thousands of wintering birds arrive on the Solway Firth. And the best view of the birds is from the numerous towers, observatories and hides throughout the reserve.

Besides the birds, Caerlaverlock is also a great location for observing wild badgers feeding and playing, from the observation hides in the reserve.

The Scottish Dolphin Centre, Moray Firth – Close to Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park

A trip to the Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay is well worthwhile, with regular sightings of the world’s largest Bottle-Nose Dolphins feeding at the mouth of the River Spey.

With free admission, you can enjoy land based dolphin watching, tours, an interactive visitor centre, guides, wildlife cameras, events and activities. As well as dolphins, you can also spot other wildlife including Ospreys, Seals, Gannets, Otters and more!

You can now save up to 15% off amazing autumn breaks in Scotland, and up to £30 on holidays! Take a look at current availability for this offer, and book before 16th September to take advantage of these savings.

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