Wildlife Watching in the Heart of Scotland: Cairngorms and Grantown on Spey

The Ben Mhor Hotel is an affordable, friendly, and well-loved 3-star hotel located in Grantown on Spey, in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Within easy driving distance is the Cairngorms National Park is a treasure trove of natural beauty and biodiversity. This autumn or winter why not make it your business to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy some wildlife watching. The Cairngorms diverse ecosystems, including forests, lochs, and scenic mountains, offering a habitat for a wide range of fascinating creatures. If you stay in our charming town of Grantown on Spey, you can immerse yourselves into the incredible wildlife watching opportunities in the local area.

Cairngorms National Park: A Biodiversity Hotspot

The natural park extends over a jaw dropping 1,748 square miles and is the largest national park in the UK, famous for its diverse range of habitats and wildlife. Here you may be lucky enough to come across some iconic Scottish species, making it a wildlife enthusiast’s dream destination. Here’s a few of our favourites.

1. Red Squirrels

These cute animals can be spotted darting around the alpine forests, particularly in the Rothiemurchus Estate and Abernethy Forest. A good tip is to arrive early mornings or late afternoons to catch a glimpse of the red squirrel.

2. Golden Eagles

Golden eagles are majestic creatures and can be seen circling above the mountains. The Speyside Wildlife Hide, near Grantown on Spey, offers an excellent chance to spot these birds up close.

More about Wildlife Watching

Grantown on Spey is an excellent base for visiting the Cairngorms Park. Our friendly town is offers easy access to some of the best wildlife watching spots in the area.

1. Loch Garten and Ospreys

Loch Garten is an easy drive from the Ben Mhor Hotel and famous for its osprey population.

2. The Highland Wildlife Park

Highland Wildlife Park is a must-visit for any wildlife enthusiast, where you can see a diverse range of animals.

3. River Spey

Otter and red deer can be often seen around The River Spey, and it’s a great place to walk during the day.

Whether you’re a birdwatcher, a wildlife enthusiast or just love being outdoors, our region has something to offer everyone. So, pack your bags, binoculars and day pack and book into the Ben Mhor Hotel where you’ll receive a warm welcome and cosy retreat after a day’s wildlife watching.