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Scotland's famous rutting stags and golden eagles too!

DATES: 30 Sep - 7 Oct 2017
COST: £1395 per person. Fully inclusive. No single supplement.

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Red deer are Britain’s largest land mammals, living in some of the most remote and inhospitable areas of the UK. During late September, male red deer, known as stags, start to prepare for tRoaring Red Deer Staghe “rut”.

If you saw Simon King's fascinating reports on the rutting red deer stags of Rum during BBC's Autumnwatch series you'll know why the rut is often regarded as one of Europe's most spectacular wildlife phenomenons.

During the 3-4 weeks of the rut, stags may lose as much as a fifth of their body weight as they vie for control of their harem of hinds. The straths and glens of the Highlands reverberate with the sounds of roaring stags and clashes of antlers are common as newcomers challenge master stags for the attention of the females.

Join Dr David Dixon (Jonathan Willet from 2017) on Monarchs of the Glen, which will combine lively illustrated talks with daily excursions and night-time drives to take you into the heart of red deer territory. We will explore the fascinating physiology and ecology of red deer before heading for the hills to learn more about their habitat and search for the animals themselves. Our expeditions will take in some of the most magnificent scenery the Highlands has to offer, including National Scenic Areas such as Glen Strathfarrar, Glen Cannich and Strathconon.

Many of these areas are the domain of golden eagles, and during your stay we will also explore eagleGolden Eagle ecology to prepare you for any encounters with the majestic golden eagle.  Autumn is a good time of year to watch eagles as both adults and fledglings will be on the wing. During our 2014 Monarchs programme we were lucky enough to witness an adult golden eagle stooping down on a herd of red deer in an attempt to separate a weak calf from the group – a truly exhilarating wildlife spectacle.
Join us as we marvel at two of Scotland’s most iconic species – the monarch of the glen and the king of the skies. 

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All Aigas based holidays are all inclusive. No single supplement is charged. Read more here.


"Aigas really is a truly remarkable place to stay. Leaving aside the stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife, there is so much that makes Aigas special. The warmth of the welcome from the family really does make you feel like house guests rather than paying ones. The rangers are quite exceptional in their knowledge and the way they convey a wealth of information. The facilities make for a very comfortable stay and I will miss my 4.30pm afternoon tea and pre-dinner drinks around the fire. Thank you to everyone for a truly fabulous week." Aigas Guest.

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