Deeside Nature Activities
This wildlife-focused business offers a selection of Safaris around its Ballater base and a range of half- and full-day wildlife-watching tours. Guided by an experienced nature guide and tailored to maximise opportunities for spotting the region’s charismatic birds, mammals and other animals. Gentle half-day excursions travelling around the margins of Balmoral Estate and in the countryside around Ballater and Glen Muick, watching for dippers and otters on rivers, hopefully spotting Black and Red Grouse, divers and numerous birds of prey. Luxury Land Rover safaris take in the natural highlights of the eastern sections of the national park; a popular option is the trip into Glen Muick to look for red and roe deer, leking black grouse, peregine falcon and osprey. Your DNA guide spent two years working as a Conservation Ranger on the Balmoral Estate, so can offer insights on a tour to the royal property during April through to July, and also guides wildlife-watching walks. Other options include tours to the coast to look for dolphins, otters and Slavonian grebes.