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Go wild with your child this weekend!

Interested in getting out and about with the family this autumn? Then check out Wild Scotland’s recommendations for things to do.  Some of the following Wild Scotland members were included in the Press & Journal article, that was published today.

Scottish Dolphin Centre, Spey Bay

Opening times: weekends during November.

Prices: Free.

Wildlife you may see: the Moray Firth’s famous bottlenose dolphins, ducks, geese and lots of other birds on the estuary.

More info: Based at the mouth of the River Spey on the southern side of the Moray Firth, the Scottish Dolphin Centre is run by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Set on a 450 hectare nature reserve, enjoy the exhibitions about local wildlife, walk along the beach looking for dolphins and other wildlife and then relax in the café and shop.

Treezone, Rothiemurchus Estate

Opening times: open Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Prices: Adults: £26; Under 16s: £19.

Wildlife you may see: red squirrels

More info: Zip wires, balance beams, hanging platforms, tight-ropes, scramble nets, white knuckle bridges and gap jumps are set in the ancient Caledonian pines of the Cairngorm Mountains. November is the best time to see red squirrels from up in the canopy. Whilst you’re negotiating the course, they are busy collecting beech nuts and pine seeds for the winter. Age/height restrictions apply. Check website for details.

Craggan Outdoors, Grantown on Spey

Opening times: Open all year round.

Prices: for a typical family of four, prices range from £27 to £49 per person.

Wildlife you may see: depends on the activity

More info: This multi-activity centre offers a host of autumnal/winter ‘family-friendly’ activities. Why not have a go at archery, indoor rock climbing, mountain biking or even kayaking and canoeing? There’s also a great café with a wood-burning stove to warm you up after your activities. TripAdvisor’s top-rated outdoor activity centre in Scotland since 2009.

Dads & Lads Adventure Day (Survival Skills and Fishing), Do It Outdoors, Auchingarroch

Opening times: Special event run on 19th November 2011. See website for further dates.

Prices: Adult + 1 child: £35; Adult + 2 children: £45

More info: Have you ever watched Bear Grylls, Ray Mears or even I’m A Celebrity on the telly and thought you’d like to do that too? Enjoy a day with your kids learning all the basic elements of survival, building your shelter, lighting your fire and boiling your water for a hot drink or cooking your sausages. A great opportunity to spend quality time with your children and also provide them with freedom, self confidence and inspiration. Ideal for children aged between 8-14 years old.

Loch of the Lowes, Dunkeld

Opening times: visitor centre open 10:30am to 4pm Friday, Saturday & Sunday throughout winter (closed 23rd-25th December & 30th-1st January).

Prices: Adults: £3.50; Concessions: £2.50; Families: £7.00 (2 adults + children); Children under 17: free.

Wildlife you may see: woodland birds, red squirrels and if you’re lucky, a pine marten.

More info: Famous for its ospreys in the summer, the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Loch of the Lowes Reserve is also an excellent place to visit in the autumn too. Enjoy close-up views of woodland birds and red squirrels from the visitor centre’s viewing window and keep the children entertained with a range of children’s activity sheets, interactive computer games and touch tables. Explore the reserve paths which includes a hard-surfaced lochside walk which is ideal for families and free all year.

Cluny House Gardens, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Opening times: the gardens are officially closed, however visitors are still welcome.

Prices: free (a donation is encouraged towards the cost of red squirrel and wild bird food!)

Wildlife you may see: red squirrels and many woodland birds.

More info: One of the best places in Perthshire to see red squirrels throughout the year, but particularly in autumn. Although the gardens are officially closed, visitors are still welcome to visit and see the squirrels. It is also a good time to see the trees, the different barks and the Giant Sequoia. Afterwards, take a walk up the Birks of Aberfeldy, a beautiful autumnal woodland walk, made famous by Robert Burns (http://www.perthshire.co.uk/index.asp?pg=327)

Highland Safaris, near Aberfeldy, Perthshire

Opening times: open all year. See website for details.

Prices: free to £40 per person depending on activity.

Wildlife you may see: red deer, red grouse, black grouse and golden eagles

More info: A great day out for the family with so much to do. Look for red deer, red grouse and golden eagles on safari, practice your bike skills on Perthshire’s first mountain bike skills loop, pan for gold, feed our largest land mammals at the Red Deer Park and enjoy the view and a lovely lunch at the café.

Mull Eagle Watch, Isle of Mull

Opening times: contact Mull Eagle Watch for times

Prices: Adults £5, children £2. Family of 4 special offer £10.

Wildlife you may see: white-tailed eagles, golden eagles, red deer, ravens and lots more.

More info: The island of Mull is a wildlife haven throughout the year and at Mull Eagle Watch you get the chance to see the UK’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed eagle and a host of other amazing Scottish wildlife. Come and see the stars of TV’s ‘Springwatch’ and ‘Steve Backshall’s Deadly 60’. Awesome! Great fun for the kids and it’s open all year round. Follow the eagles on Twitter @skyeandfrisa.

Seafari Adventures Oban, Easdale

Opening times: open all year. Contact for details

Prices: prices start at £35 (adults) and £27 (children). Family tickets available.

Wildlife you may see: seals, dolphins, porpoises, white tailed eagles and red deer.

More info: Feel the exhilaration of a boat trip to The Gulf of Corryvreckan, the world’s 3rd largest whirlpool! Seafari Adventures operate throughout the winter, subject to weather and demand with their 600HP cabin RIB (so you’re inside!). Great wildlife watching opportunities too as the area is home to seals, dolphins, porpoise, eagles and red deer. Specially adapted seat for young children available. Full commentary provided by crew/naturalist.

Whatever you do this weekend, we hope you go wild with one of our members!

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