Go wild in the Highlands!
What is the first thing you think of when planning a trip to Scotland? Whisky distilleries, long walks in beautiful surroundings, buttery shortbread, historic sights and polar bears of course!
Me and Spencer visited the wonderful Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie which is only a short drive away from Strathallan B&B. We were inspired to visit the park after a guest of ours talked about their experience as a ‘Keeper for a day’, where she was able to help feed the animals, learn more about their habits and see what life is like for a keeper at the wildlife park. She had enjoyed herself so much, we just had to visit the park ourselves.
The Highland Wildlife Park focuses on education and conservation and throughout the day you can visit different enclosures and discover more about the habitats and lives of all of the wonderful animals. The keepers are passionate about the animals in their care. The grey wolves were a magical experience. Sitting quietly in a little hide, it took time, but you could catch glimpses of them running as a pack and nuzzling up to each other. Watch out for the Scottish Wildcats, who are given walkways between large enclosures, you can end up with a wildcat just above you! Their aim is to breed and release wildcats in the Highlands. Why not visit the only female Polar Bear in the UK. They are hoping to start a breeding programme with her soon.
Before all of this though, you can drive through the park ‘Safari’, seeing Bactrian Camels, Bison, Eurasian Deer, Forest Reindeer and many more while in your car. (Don’t worry. There are no monkeys around to steal any number plates!) This was a fantastic experience and gave us lots of opportunities to take photographs too.
The Highland Wildlife Park is a fantastic place to visit while saying at Strathallan Guest House. If it is a nice clear day, why not pack a picnic and head to the lovely Ruthven Barracks ruins just a stone’s throw away from the Highland Wildlife Park. A lovely wild day out and if you are interested in being a keeper for the day or being taken on a photography experience, or if you just want to find out more information check out their official site www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk