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. 

Dramatic scenery & diverse wildlife

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.



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 the Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape initiative, today a growing number of inspirational rewilding projects are demonstrating how rewilding can benefit both people and wildlife.

"To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world."

- Freya Stark

ESC Experiences

A beautiful collaboration of experience aways...bringing together the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty and diverse wildlife. 

From EURO 1330,
Six night Rewilding retreat
Visit inspiring rewilding projects where you'll hear first-hand from the experts on the ground. They provide fascinating insight into their work and explain why rewilding is beneficial to both wildlife and people.
From EURO 685,
Three nights exploring Uist
A three night stay at Uist Forest Retreat, exploring the dramatic island landscapes, disconnecting and immersing yourself in nature.
Combined with Uist Forest Retreat
Tracking wild otters
A stop at one of the most scenic and most reliable sites in all of the islands, in South Uist provides a very good chance of finding one or more otters as well as numerous Harbour Seals.

Kathryn & Angus

Kathryn and Angus were born and raised on the islands and have a genuine passion for the truly stunning local area, amazing variety of wildlife and wealth of outdoor activities. Kathryn spent as much of her childhood as she could hanging out with her native Highland ponies, playing with the sheepdog and chasing hens on the family ran croft, a type of smallholding unique to Scotland. 

Angus grew up addicted to the water and pioneered some of the best surf spots around the islands at a time when very few locals surfed or visitors knew to come all the way to the Outer Hebrides. North Uist is rich in Gaelic language, music and culture. Gaelic is Angus's first language and you are very likely to hear the language being spoken in the local area. 

Kathryn and Angus set about looking at a sustainable way of life within the forest. Recognising how special North Uist is and the rich offering for travellers looking to escape, get back to nature and enjoy the wilderness, Uist Forest Retreat was created to offer the highest standard of accommodation in an exceptional location that comes complete with forest and sea views. 

'Angus and I are blessed to call this our home. We both share a desire to eat local and Uist has some of the best fresh produce from either the croft, the wilderness, the ocean or even accessible from the shore. Cockles can be found when the tide goes out and are delicious eaten in the traditional way when fried up in garlic and oatmeal!'

'When I’m walking along and a pair of white-tailed eagle circle over my head or an otter tucks in to his catch on the shore, I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to be here. We want to share the best the area has to offer with people who want to explore and appreciate the spectacular wildlife and environment here, all our guests say how they wished they had planned to stay for longer!'

Kathryn & Angus

Owners - Uist Forest Retreat