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Published on : Saturday, August 20, 2016
As nature-lovers continue to watch BBC2 programme Highlands: Scotland’s Wild Heart, also available on iPlayer, VisitScotland recommends some of the top experiences in the Highlands for fans of this spectacular series.
Viewing ospreys in Abernethy Forest
Viewers who fell in love with the nesting ospreys, whose hunting prowess was viewed over 13 million times online, can head to the family-friendly Osprey Centre at Loch Garten in Abernethy Forest to see more of these wonderful birds and learn about their lives close up. The centre provides unmatched views of these birds, while paths in this part of the reserve also offer the opportunity to spot red squirrels, dragonflies and crested tits.
Details: The Osprey Centre is open daily, 10 am–6 pm from April to end of August. Admission costs: adults £5, concession £3, under 16s £2, family (up to two adults and four children) £10.
Viewing dippers in the River Braan
Dippers can be viewed throughout the Highlands but to see the beautiful filming location selected by the BBC then visitors can make their way to the River Braan near Dunkeld. Visitors heading to The Hermitagecan enjoy woodland scenery, where it is said that the 3rd Duke of Atholl used a canon to scatter tree seeds to the more inaccessible parts of the landscape. Here visitors can take a walk to find dippers and enjoy the scenery, which also takes in the charming Ossian’s folly and Black Linn Falls.
Details: The Hermitage is open all year round and access is free of charge.
Red deer on Jura
The BBC show takes viewers to Jura, where it’s not only possible to see otters, seals and golden eagles but where the red deer outnumber people 30 to 1, making Jura ideal for red deer spotting. Large groups can often be seen together and Autumn rutting season visitors may hear the sound of the stag’s distinctive mating call echoing across the beautiful island landscape.
Details: Visitors can make their own way around by foot or bike, or alternatively, book a tour with Jura Island Tours. Jura Island Tours cost from as little as £15 per person.
Otters on Mull
Mull is home to the Eurasian Otter, which can be spotted in a variety of locations across the stunning island. Visitors can book one of the many established wildlife tours operating in the area to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures. From Mull book a boat trip to look out for other local wildlife such as whales, dolphins and basking sharks or stay on the island and enjoy a day in the charming town of Tobermory.