Wildlife Watching Hide


at our modern hide in the Rothiemurchus Forest



As many of you know, unfortunately, our wildlife viewing hide burned down recently. We are well on the way to rebuilding it but naturally, this will take a while, so in the interim, we have reverted to watching wildlife from our original evening viewing option. We have been testing this and the animals appear unfazed, so we have started to take guests into the temporary set-up and will monitor its success over the coming weeks. If you have bookings with us up to the end of June, you will have been contacted by us already about this option. Going forward, we anticipate that we shall be using this temporary facility through July and possibly August, depending on the rebuild completion date. We know that the viewing experience isn’t as optimum as the purpose-built viewing hide, so we’re restricting the numbers of guests who can use it.

Speyside Wildlife has almost 30 years’ experience in organising wildlife-watching tours and holidays in the Highlands and Islands.  They cater for a wide variety of wildlife-watchers, from the dedicated wildlife enthusiast to those who simply wish to include wildlife-watching as part of their holiday.

Join one of Speyside Wildlife’s friendly, expert guides for an amazing evening’s wildlife watching experience in the Cairngorms.  You’ll have the chance to see Pine Marten, Badger, deer and more from the comfort of their, warm hide in the Rothiemurchus forest.

As seen on BBC Springwatch, these wonderful animals come within a few feet of the windows, providing great views and incidental photo opportunities at close quarters.  Though the animals are wild, years of understanding their nocturnal habits have ensured incredibly reliable sightings.  This fully guided dusk-time watch is terrifically exciting.

The hide is also available for exclusive bookings for those in larger groups, or professional photographers and others who wish to have the hide for private use for an evening.

To book or for more information, please call 01479 812345 or pop into Rothiemurchus Centre where we’ll be happy to help.

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Comfortable hide with chairs and glass windows and outdoor lighting.


Please wear non-rustling outdoor clothes. There is a short walk to the hide along a broad and level track. You may bring cameras but we request you do not use your flash, at any time – including if you have booked exclusive use of the hide – as it will cause disturbance to the animals.


None required just a love for wildlife!


Please note that peanuts are stored in a closed container within the wildlife hide. If you have any concerns and wish to discuss that, or any other health/welfare issue in advance of booking, please contact the Rothiemurchus Centre on 01479 812345. This activity does not require any substational fitness and those with limited mobility may drive to the hide as long as this is arranged in advance.


Min of 2, max 6 (the hide can be booked out exclusively with no minimum number of people for £300 per session). If you book as a single guest and there is no-one else booked that night, in the first instance we shall offer you an alternative night, or hold the booking as pending until further guests book, or refund your payment.


Near to Loch an Eilein, a short distance from Rothiemurchus Centre. Meeting point map, start time and instructions on getting the most from your visit are provided on confirmation of booking.


If you need to change your booking please contact the office on 01479 812345 at least 24 hours before the start time and we shall endeavour to provide an alternative session.  If none is available, we shall refund your payment. No refunds can be given for bookings cancelled within 24 hours of the start time.

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You can expect to be out for 2-3 hours, but this is very much dictated by the animals! Your guide will take you back to the meeting point when they consider it appropriate to do so. Please note we have no toilet facilities.


£30 per adult, under 15’s £15 (min age 8yrs)


All year round, although there is restricted availability in the winter. The start time varies between 6pm in the winter and 9pm in the summer, depending on when dusk falls.


Kate Mennie, or another of our local and knowledgeable wildlife guides will meet you before the session starts and guide your experience.


Speyside Wildlife is a 4*’Wildlife Experience’ as part of Visit Scotland’s quality assurance scheme and has also been awarded a Gold Green Tourism Business Award as a ‘Tour Operator’. They have also been granted use of the Cairngorms National Park Brand and are members of ATTA and Cairngorms Business Partnership.


Their famous Pine Marten and Badger hide hardly needs an introduction, the BBC have filmed there for The One Show, Bill Oddie, Springwatch and journalists from around the world have enjoyed the nocturnal antics of the animals that appear. Make sure you visit too . . . because it’s great!