Scotlands developing tourism industry is stretching its fingers and while the distilleries and highlands maintain their strong holds, the rest of magnificent Scotland is on the rise. Rewilding is taking shape, lands are being returned to nature and nature based tourism is driving this movement.
Rewilding is now on the rise in Scotland, with lands returning to nature and nature- based tourism developing rapidly. Whether your interest stems from hiking and exploring the highlands, or venturing out onto the inner seas in search of dolphins, Scotland has it all. A rich heritage steeped in tradition and covering a vast array of scenery, this cultural melting pot is waiting to be discovered.
The Cairngorms National Park is one of the most recognised and well-known parks to visit and explore, but there is much more beneath Scotland’s surface waiting to be discovered.
Partnering with Scotland: The Big Picture, the European Safari Company is helping focus attention on special experience programmes, guided and led to showcase the rewilding movement.
In contrast to the mainland, heading off to the Outer Hebrides by ferry brings dramatic coastal and island landscapes. Exploring Uist will bring you closer to the raw beauty of the area, its rich Gaelic culture and the amazing wildlife to be seen and discovered. Dolphin watching by kayak or boat, hiking trails and sea tours will fill your days and warm hospitality paired with delicious meals keep you coming back for more.
At Uist Forest Retreat, they are truly committed to the regeneration of native woodland species and improving biodiversity, whilst also supporting formal academic research studies of the white-tailed eagle diet using camera footage and working with RSPB and John Love who re-introduced the white-tailed eagles to Scotland to promote their presence on our landscape and within our communities.
At the retreat, all the timber is UK sourced and the sedum roof a stonecrop and wildflower mix to create a little wildlife habitat. Both cabins are raised off the ground in the style of a treehouse, to leave the ground below untouched and to give the best opportunity to admire the unrivalled sea views along the coastline.
While the activities of man have taken their toll, the rise of rewilding in Scotland now offers hope that the wild nature for which the country is rightly renowned can be restored. From Cairngorms Connect to Scotland: The Big Picture, and the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape initiative, today a growing number of inspirational rewilding projects are demonstrating how rewilding can benefit both people and wildlife.
A key element of rewilding is for communities to see the benefit in restoring wild landscapes and wildlife populations, by creating new economic opportunities which allow them to thrive. We believe healthy nature and healthy communities go hand in hand. Our Rewilding Retreats demonstrate and support this philosophy.