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Whales, Otters, Eagles in the Spotlight as Wild Lochaber Festival Showcases Region’s Nature Secrets

Sleeping Seals. Credit: Nevis Pix

Wild Lochaber Festival: 18th-25th May 2013

As Scotland celebrates the Year of Natural Scotland 2013, the Lochaber region is getting set to host the second Wild Lochaber Festival.

The week-long festival is a celebration of the diverse nature and stunning landscape of the Scottish region that is home to some of the most iconic images of the national landscape – Ben Nevis, Glencoe, the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, the Small Isles…and somewhere where you can watch otters playing in the morning, take a boat trip to see whales, dolphins, basking sharks and sea eagles during the day and enjoy watching pine martens feeding in the evening.

Running from the 18th to the 25th of May the Wild Lochaber Festival casts a spotlight on the Lochaber region’s abundant nature and the great outdoors featuring a series of events such as wildlife walks, guided sea kayaking, Land Rover safaris, talks, boat trips, photography competitions and one of the best opportunities to see Scotland’s ‘Big 5’ species – otter, golden eagle, red deer, harbour seal and red squirrel – in a mere half a day on one of eight brand new nature trails that will be unveiled at the festival.

The Wild Lochaber Trails – a series of eight invaluable new wildlife guides to the region – will be launched during the festival with Trail 5, Ardgour & Moidart, featuring the ‘Big 5’, unveiled by presenter and author, Muriel Gray, at a launch event on Friday 17th May at the Ben Nevis Distillery.

A number of festival events are free and there are events to suit all ages. Daily highlights include:

  • Sat 18 May: Wildlife & Historical Walk around Canna Bay
  • Sun 19 May: Sea kayaking on Loch Moidart
  • Mon 20 May:  Knoydart otter walk
  • Tues 21 May: Rum Geology Day
  • Weds 22 May: Loch Shiel Cruise
  • Thurs 23 May: Landscape Photography Day
  • Fri 24 May: Hidden Valleys Walk – Glencoe
  • Sat 25 May: The Eigg Qigong Experience

A series of accommodation packages have been put together which run for the duration of Wild Lochaber Festival with bed and breakfast starting at £30pp/pn.

For more information on this and the festival,  visit the Wild Lochaber Festival.


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