Cairngorms Dark Sky Park

Pull on a warm jacket, pop a hat on and grab a cup of your favourite hot drink. It’s time to let the night sky capture your heart.

Even on a blustery November night, it is worth visiting Ballindalloch in the Cairngorms Dark Sky Park to watch the twinkling stars. Our day-time guided walking tours are exclusive, meaning you get to choose a date and time that suit your schedule – all the more reason to stay up late and soak up some beautiful starlight!

Hello Angle Shades

Since we switched on the heating, we’ve made a new friend at Wild Alba Tours HQ. We found this Angle Shades moth sat on the office blinds!

Look who came to say hello!

Widespread across the UK, Angle Shades resemble a dried-up leaf, complete with crinkled wing edges and muted colours. Its caterpillar foodplant includes bramble, nettles, ivy, and tree leaves such as silver birch, hazel and English oak.

Unfortunately, our office isn’t one of the exclusive tours we offer🙃

Don’t worry, you won’t wish you were in our nature-friendly admin space when you know how much wildlife you could see on our #guidedtours!

Our guides cannot wait to bring you closer to nature – make a booking enquiry with us today!

Elderberries

Elder trees are ladened with berries here in the Highlands.

The richly coloured sour berries grow from late summer to autumn and provide a tasty meal for mammals like bank voles and birds like the mistle thrush. It was said that an elder planted by your house would keep the devil away. Luckily, we have one at Wild Alba Tours HQ ready for Halloween. Phew!

Have you spotted an elder tree with berries this autumn yet?

Magical Rowan

Of all the autumn spectacles, the changing colours of the rowan tree is a big favourite. The more common Scots Gaelic name is caorunn (pronounced choroon, the ‘ch’ as in loch).

In the Highlands, the rowan is steeped in folklore. It was seen as a tree of protection against witchcraft and enchantment.

Look out for the tiny five-pointed star at the tip of the berries. This charming characteristic may have contributed to its protective reputation.

Book your EXCLUSIVE autumnal experience with us today!

Fantastic Fungi

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As the leaves begin to drop, up pop the mushrooms!

Today we came across the shiny topped Bay Bolete (Imleria badia). As a native fungus, it is commonly found in Scotland, particularly beneath Pine, Oak, Beech, and Silver Birch.

Tell us what your favourite fungus is in the comments!

Dog friendly things to do in Scotland

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Dog friendly things to do in Scotland 🐾

Are you searching for activities to do with your doggos on your holiday in Moray Speyside? You have come to the right place!

We know how special it is to share experiences with our four-legged friends. That is why most of our wildlife walks are dog friendly (look out for the happy dog stamp on our website). We look forward to meeting you and your furry best friend.

Share with your dog loving friends and family!


What the heather do you mean?

Do you know your cross-leaved heath from your ling and bell? Wild Alba Tours is here to help you learn about Scotland’s plant life.

Imagine a vast purple hillside in Scotland. You would think that just one plant was responsible for creating such a memorable late summer spectacle. When you have the opportunity, take a closer look… You will discover subtle differences in shades of purple, leaf, and flower shape. A little confused? Don’t worry. Wild Alba Tours is here to help!

Sara-Jane exploring the heather on Ballindalloch Estate.

At the weekend, we introduced you to the types of heather found on Ballindalloch Estate. Our guide, Sara-Jane, shared her knowledge on the sexy world of heather-promoting soil and what management techniques are needed for these plants to create a healthy place for wildlife to live.

Fancy yourself a heatherTASTIC experience? Head on over to our website to book your tour today!

If you love Moray Speyside as much as we do, there are lots of fun and educational experiences to fill your time. For more information on things to do, click here.

The USA meets The Highlands

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Join us in Ballindalloch on our Woodland Wildlife & Heritage Tour today!

We were delighted to welcome Eugenia and Rick who travelled all the way from Washington DC to experience the beauty of the Highlands.

Our first (almost) wild encounter was Miss Ethal, The Haugh Farm’s jolly Gloucester Old Spot. The rummaging nature of the pigs helps wildflower seeds and tree nuts to get cosy under the soil. Over time, this allows parts of the woodland to thrive.

The birch wood came alive as we made our way upward toward the open heather hill. It was butterflies galore! A couple of the species we spotted include the striking Scotch Argus and the lovely Speckled Wood.

A morning walk with Wild Alba Tours would not be complete without a cup of tea and shortbread. Looking over Ballindalloch estate we sipped our tea of choice and nibbled our sweet treat as we admired the sunny landscape.

What Eugenia and Rick had to say:

We very much enjoyed the walk learning about the role of the pigs in the forest and the various plants and animals. Really like Wild Alba Tours’ stewardship and education message. Happy to recommend Wild Alba. 

Eugenia and Rick, Washington DC, USA

If you too would like to experience natural wonders on our Woodland Wildlife & Heritage walk, please get in touch.

Hill Walks in the Cairngorms

We are happy to announce that Wild Alba Tours and Cairngorms Glamping and Camping have partnered to create a special wildlife and heritage walking tour in the Cairngorms National Park.

Join us on a guided wildlife tour around Cairngorms Glamping and Camping’s beautiful highland grounds in rural Aberdeenshire today!
To find out more click here
Hill Top Walk at Cairngorms Glamping and Camping in Summer

We have a NEW tour to share with you…

Join us on a guided walk at Dell Woods near the Highland village of Neth Bridge and meet the silent giants that make up the largest ancient remnant of Caledonian pineforest.
See you in the wildwood!