Aviemore and the surrounding Cairngorms National Park is a hotspot for Scottish wildlife and is home to 25 per cent of Britain’s threatened species.  

Look out for wildcats, capercaillie, squirrels and pine martens in the ancient forests. You can see Ospreys fishing at the Rothiemurchus Fish Farm and nearby lochs. Deer, badgers and golden eagles to be seen too.

If you have been inspired by wildlife programmes such as BBC’s Springwatch get out and see some Aviemore wildlife for yourself. Even within the village itself you can see deer quietly moving around, squirrels on bird feeders and ospreys overhead. Join a guide and see some of the more reclusive animals that can be found in the beautiful countryside surrounding Aviemore and within the Cairngorms National Park. The Wildcat or Highland Tiger is close to extinction and you can learn more about the conservation work to look after this rare animal here. The Highland Wildlife Park near Kincraig (10 minutes drive South of Aviemore) is home to some local species and is a great way to see them up close.

You can find out more information about all the Cairngorms National Park Conservation Projects here.

For more on how to join an organised wildlife watching activity see the business listings below.