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GO WILD – OFF THE BEATEN TRACK NORTH AND SOUTH


THE HILLS HAVE EYES


Don’t be surprised to run into some exciting species when you stay at one of our remote Youth Hostels!


Right: the Scottish wildcat Pic courtesy of Peter Cairns/northshots.com


SOUTHERN SECRET


Tere are plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track in Scotland, and these can be the times when you have your most memorable wildlife encounters. A visit to one of our more


remote Youth Hostels will give you plenty of wildlife watching opportunities. In these wild places, you are almost guaranteed to see red deer and possibly a bird of prey or two. You may also be lucky and see rarer species, such as a pine marten, Scottish crossbill or even a Scottish wildcat.


HOSTELS


TO VISIT Loch Ossian Youth Hostel Tel: 01397 732207 Glen Affric Youth Hostel Tel: 0845 293 7373 Book online at: www.hostellingscotland.com


Make sure you don’t miss out


Right: Red Kite in flight


HOSTEL


TO VISIT Newton Stewart Youth Hostel Tel: 01671 402 211 Email: newtonstewart@syha.org.uk Book online at: www.hostellingscotland.com


Often overlooked, Dumfries and Galloway is a hidden gem for wildlife and so accessible from England and Scotland’s central belt. Te area’s varied landscape and the Solway Firth mean that wildlife flocks to the area in autumn. Few people know that golden eagles are found in the upland areas as well as red squirrels, black grouse and pine marten. Galloway Forest Park is a good starting point and a great place to spot red squirrels. Follow the Red Kite Trail around Loch Ken to spot them.


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