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Scotland’s Best Kept Secret Exposed at New Festival

Wild Lochaber Festival Logo Credit: Wild Lochaber Festival

Wild Lochaber Festival Logo Credit: Wild Lochaber Festival

The inaugural Wild Lochaber Festival, to be held in and around the Outdoor Capital of the UK, Fort William, will be a week-long celebration of the incredible wildlife (at sea and on land) and geology (landscapes and scenery) that can be experienced in Lochaber.

Lochaber is an area of stunning natural beauty where you will find the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis; its deepest loch, Loch Morar; and the longest glen, The Great Glen. The region boasts a wealth of amazing wildlife rarely seen elsewhere in the UK —  red deer, golden eagle , sea eagle , osprey, pine marten,  otter , whales, dolphins, basking shark, and rare butterflies, dragonflies, orchids, alpine plants, and much more. The whole of Lochaber is an internationally recognised Geopark with many of the world’s finest and most unique geological features located in the area.  There is no better place in the UK to experience such diversity, a truly wild place, Wild Lochaber.

The Wild Lochaber Festival runs for one week from 1 June 2012 with a Festival Fair on the 2 and 3 June 2012. The Festival Fair will showcase all that is available in Lochaber’s natural environment and will provide a wealth of information relating to local biodiversity. Local organisations and tour operators who provide wildlife and landscape activities and events will be present, together with government and professional bodies. The Festival Fair will also be supported by local Lochaber Marketing groups, including accommodation and food providers.

A series of organised events to be held during the Festival week are designed to show visitors and residents the best areas in Lochaber to spot wildlife and see the most interesting landscapes. Choices will include guided wildlife tours (on land and sea), walks, Geopark Rock Safari’s, children’s activities, and talks and as part of the overall Wild Lochaber project, a series of self-guiding trails will be developed, with further plans to create new wildlife-watching hides.  There will also be an exhibition of wildlife and landscape pictures taken by local schools for a photography competition, with the competition being  judged during the Festival.

For more information or to keep up with the festival news, visit their Facebook page here.

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