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Wild West - wildlife safari trips

9 MacKay Crescent, Caol, Fort William, PH33 7JB

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Wild West - wildlife safari trips

Wild West - Wildlife safaris in Scotland's wild places
Wild West offer a selection of wildlife experiences based in the Lochaber area. See Scotland's " Big Five", Photograph red deer, join a searchlight safari to look for the elusive pine marten or a dawn safari to see lekking black grouse, or book your own bespoke safari and we will tailor it to your requirements.  The following is a selection of safaris available with Wild West.   

The Big Five
Scotland’s big five of golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and harbour seal can all be found within 25 miles of Fort William and on this safari it’s possible to see them all on the same day. 
The Wednesday trip includes a 2 hour cruise on Loch Shiel, taking you into the heart of some of Scotland’s wildest country. Cruises/boat trips can be included in full day safaris on other days, by request.

Cost:
  • Wednesday trip with cruise.  Adults £80.00, Child £48.00           
  • Other days, no cruise           Adults £65.00  Child £40.00
Photo safaris
Wild West guide Ian MacLeod is an experienced semi professional photographer. Red deer photo safaris are a speciality with groups of deer gathering close to the roads in quiet glens over the winter, with spectacular backdrops. Safaris to photograph other species, or landscapes can also be arranges.  All photo safaris are offered on a private basis.

Cost: £40.00 per hour, minimum of four hours 
Below are a selection of photography safaris available from Wild West: 
Red deer
In winter the huge herds of red deer in the highlands descend from the high tops to the glens to seek shelter from the severe weather at high altitude. Many of the estates provide supplementary feeding for the animals, ensuring their survival and maintaining strong populations. This attracts the deer to return regularly to given locations. Your guide Ian MacLeod knows all the best spots not only to find and photograph the deer but also to ensure the best backdrops and light for given locations.

Shorter safaris
For those just looking for a taster in wildlife watching close to their base Wild West offer a selection of half day trips to various destinations around Fort William and Lochaber. We’ll recommend the best 1/2day trip for you and your party based on season, recent wildlife activity and where you are staying to give you the best experience for your short trip. Trips last 3.5 - 4 hours

Cost: Adult £35.00, under 16 £21.00
 
Below is a selection of short safaris available with Wild West:

Deer rut
From late September until the end of October one of the highlights of the wildlife calendar, the red deer rut takes place. During this period the stags compete to mate with groups of hinds in a testosterone charged spectacle. Rut safaris are available daily throughout this period with the option of a dawn trip to catch the best of the action.
Deer safari.
Red deer can be found on the mountains of Scotland throughout the year and on these trips we’ll be looking for the UK’s largest land mammal. In the summer months they are high up in the mountains however it is a rare trip that we can’t find a few animals in the high corries. 

Bespoke
Whether you want to pursue species on a target list, celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, photograph a specific species or location or simply benefit from a lower rate for a group, a Wild West bespoke trip is for you. Any of the trips listed on the site can be booked as a Bespoke trip, or you can tailor your own. Bespoke trips normally include collection from local accommodation. Supplementary charge may apply if collection from further afield is required.

Cost: £40.00 per hour, minimum of four hours

Searchlight safari
As the sun goes down the creatures of the night awake to hunt and forage in the darkness. The main target of this trip is that most elusive of Scottish mammals the pine marten. We’ll also go looking for bats, red and roe deer as well as owls. Before the sun disappears, otters may be active at the river mouth and at certain times of year we can expect to find black grouse lekking in the evening.

Cost: Adult £35.00, under 16 £21.00

For more information or to make a booking, please send a message via the enquiry form.

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Features

  •   Watch the sea eagles soar
  •   See the red deer rut
  •   Red deer photo safaris
  •   look for Scotland's "Big Five"
  •   Enjoy spectacular scenery
  •   Visit Glencoe and Glen Nevis
  •   See Ben Nevis
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