We visited Highland Safaris a few years back for a red deer experience and a trip into the mountains to see the amazing Perthshire scenery, so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to do so again during winter. The weather on the day was simply incredible and perhaps the best day of the year so far, with blue skies and more than a ‘crisp’ in the air!
Before setting out on our Winter Safari we had a pit stop and some lunch at the onsite café. The team there were first class, pleasant and genuinely engaging managing to serve up some wholesome paninis and baked potatoes in plenty of time – so much so that we had time for a coffee and some rather tasty home baking.
We set off with Jim in our land rover just around 1pm. He was so passionate about what he did for a living and the area he worked in – such a lucky person! Similar to our last trip with the Highland Safaris team, it wouldn’t be fair to tell their stories, but they were informative and interesting covering legends and folklore, the Schiehallion mountain and the history of the clans.
An exciting and ‘icy’ climb through the mountain tracks saw us at almost 2,500ft up Tairneachan. Stopping off a few times for some scenic shots and some to simply look, the weather was perfect for us, but very very cold!
The trip really opened our eyes as to how the mountains of scotland can be so incredible, but very dangerous at the same time if you don’t wrap up well and have the correct equipment. We were lucky to be in a fully equipped land rover, with expert guides on hand to keep us safe.
With temperatures dropping significantly every 1,000 ft the 20 mins stopover in a mountain bothy with some tea, coffee, Kenmore Shortbread and a dram of Dewars Whisky was perfectly timed.
Highland Safaris recently celebrated twenty five years of success which has seen it grow its business from one Land Rover taking small groups up into the hills, to its present level as one of Scotland’s premier five star rated visitor attractions, enabling visitors from home and abroad to successfully engage with Scotland’s wildlife, history and heritage.
We didn’t manage to visit the Red Deer Centre again this time round but would highly recommend it if you’ve haven’t been. The visit starts off with passionate, and informative talk about wild red deer which was good fun interactive and interesting and ends with an opportunity to hand feed the Centre’s herd of tame Red Deer. During our visit last time we also got to meet the Centre’s Barn Owl who was keen to show us her flying skills; overall, we had a great time learning the secrets of this majestic bird.
One thing is for certain our two trips to Highland Safaris have been anything but ‘dull’!
This was our second trip and it certainly wont be our last, we hope to visit at some point in the future in either spring or summer to see how the scenery has changed. Overall a fab day out and we’re also looking forward to trying their Loch Tay Safari .
Other Information: This was a sponsored / discounted visit, however, the review / article is an independent, honest and true reflection of our experience. Thank you also to Clare Graham from www.advantagepr.co.uk for the connection.