Both the Grey and Common Seals can be spotted at Findhorn bay. The Grey Seals (the ones with the longer snouts) on the bay are generally easier to see as they are much more numerous than the smaller Common seal. It is a fascinating site seeing both grey and common seals on the sand on either side of the mouth of the bay when they haul themselves and shimmy out at low tide. As many as 300 or more seals have been sighted at any one time!
If you enjoy walking your four-legged friends on the beach (like we do!), Findhorn Village Conservation Company charity asks all those who enjoy the beautiful area to be respectful of the wildlife.
Findhorn Bay is part of the Moray and Nairn Coast Special Protection Area, a designated RAMSAR site, a national Site of Special Scientific Interest, and a Local Nature Reserve. Findhorn’s seal population are also heavily protected. Basically, this means we are fortunate to have an extraordinary place for nature and it is important we look after it to ensure its future survival.
There are plenty of spots along the bay that are close enough to appreciate the magnificent mammals, yet far enough away to not cause any disturbance.
If you want to experience an old, wild, and immeasurably special part of the Scottish Highlands, Abernethy Forest (near Aviemore) is the place to visit. It is said that Abernethy Nature Reserve is a place so extraordinary that it can feel like another country. Certainly, this is something you don’t want to miss!
One of the must-see native species at Abernethy Forest is the little but mighty crested tit. A Caledonian pinewood specialist, the soft trilling of the distinctive crested tit can be heard as you walk on the forest trails.
Known as the bluebell of Scotland, the harebell is a national favourite. With its papery petal and delicate appearance you might think the harebell is a fragile little thing. You would be wrong. In fact, it is incredibly hardy and it needs to be given the dry, open and windswept places it grows. The grassy acid grasslands found on Ballindalloch Estate are the perfect home for the harebell.
Our Ballindalloch wildlife tour in late summer (Jul, Aug, Sep) is an excellent opportunity to see the flowers in the wild.
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!
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!
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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?
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.
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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.