Highland Adventures for all the Family
These holidays are based on John Lister-Kaye’s book 'Nature’s Child' (2004), John’s meditation on fatherhood and the delights of sharing nature with his youngest daughter, Hermione. He remembers “those fat, Arcadian, literally wonder-full years of childhood”, which usher back for him memories of his own lost childhood and the elation of simple discovery.
This holiday is ideal for busy parents who want to spend some quality time with their children: learning and exploring together in a fun, relaxed and enjoyable environment…and once you are here you don’t have to organise a thing!
Familiarisation Day: Discover how much fun Aigas can be as you explore and begin to experience nature first-hand for yourself. You will be given a guided walk around the nature trails, doing a scavenger hunt here and a bug hunt there as well as some pond dipping.
This evening there will be an interactive presentation on the wildlife of the Highlands and a chance to see lots of skulls and natural history items from our native species. Have you ever compared a minke whale skull with that of a long eared bat?
Glen Affric: Today you will visit the magnificent Caledonian pinewoods which once covered much of Scotland. Walking amongst the gnarled, ancient pines evokes the atmosphere of centuries ago.
Option one is to walk the four mile corrie loch walk - it is a hot-spot for dragonflies and the ranger can help you to try to catch one or two for a closer look. We’ll stop and picnic under one of the old pine trees overlooking this picturesque loch.
Alternatively we can do a much shorter walk at the top of Glen Affric - a pretty one mile circuit around some low, babbling falls where dippers nest and wildflowers are plentiful. There will be some relaxation time before tea to allow you to prepare yourself for a late night at the badger & pine marten or beaver hides!
The Black Isle: Today you will see a very different landscape – and hopefully some spectacular wildlife. We visit Rosemarkie for some ‘professional’ rock pooling and beach combing. You’ll have lunch at Chanonry Point and while you munch your sandwiches remember to keep your eyes open for the biggest bottlenose dolphins in the world – they also like to eat lunch off the point!
We then go to the lovely town of Cromarty and visit the Court House which has something for everyone – don’t get stuck in the dungeons though, we need you home for afternoon tea! An optional extra for this day is a boat trip out on the Firth with our friends Ecoventures – the dolphin-watching boat.
Historical Day: Get ready to get in touch with your ancestors! We will start the day at Culloden Battlefield to learn about the warring Jacobites. We will travel further back in time to the Stone Ages when we visit the mysterious Clava cairns. Next stop will be Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle where you can have a go at the quiz and search for the elusive Loch Ness Monster!
Bad a’ Chlamhain: Our local hill: Today will be spent exploring the grounds and a walk along some of our nature trails – around the Loch, with its dipping platform and beaver lodge, up past our Iron-age farmhouses and a hilltop fort, where people lived thousands of years ago!
Then on and up! To the (relatively low) summit of Bad a’Chlamhain to Ardochy Wood, a remnant of Caledonian pine forest, returning home through Aigas forest. We hope to see willow warbler, meadow pipit, buzzard and even red kite, crossbill and crested tit. Red deer roam this area and may be seen in small herds.
Beauly & Aigas: Today the grown-ups can have a leisurely morning in the small town of Beauly, whilst the children play environmental education games with one of our rangers.
After lunch you can try the Aigas treasure hunt - will your family win? – be ready to think on the spot and race for clues. There will also be some free time today to relax and play with your new-found friends.
Bring your children, grandchildren or friends and explore the wonders of nature with them.
Aigas based holidays are all inclusive and no single supplement is applied. Read more here.