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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Guided Wildlife Walking Tours in Scotland

A weetie adventure at Speybay Nature Reserve Spring hasn’t yet fully arrived in Northern Scotland, but Speybay Nature Reserve came alive for Viv and Neil on our Coastal Bird Walk. On our journey from wet woodland to waves, amongst many others, we spotted Reed…