Highland Wildlife Park
“Set in the Cairngorms National Park and home to the UK’s only polar bears” - AA Inspector
The Highland Wildlife Park is set in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, and is home to around 200 animals including Walker and Arktos the UK’s only polar bears; a troop of snow monkeys, and a family of Amur tigers. Visitors can enjoy the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands with a Land Rover tour through the park’s main reserve, where they will be able to spot some of the larger residents such as the European bison, elk and Przewalski’s horse. Each day, there is a series of keeper-led talks, where you can find out more about the many fascinating species that reside here.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Facilities: Wheelchair hire
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Oct 10-5 (Jul-Aug 10-6); Nov-Mar 10-4 (last entry 1 hr before close). Closed 25 Dec
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About the area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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