Highland Wildlife Park

[Camels backed by the snow-covered Cairngorms]

On rolling countryside at the foot of the Monadhliath Mountains near Kincraig, passing cars glimpse the surreal sight of a polar bear roaming Scottish soil below the cliffs of Creag Mhòr. Welcome to the Highland Wildlife Park: one of the best attractions in Speyside that doesn't involve working up a sweat. Much of the reserve is set out as a safari experience, where you can drive through herds of bison, deer and elk in your own car. Seeing the park under snow helps the polar bears seem more at home, while the several camels look distinctly out of place. The other side is explored on foot, with areas home to number of native Scottish species (including wildcats), wolves and even Amur tigers. Set aside half a day to get your money's worth.

[Spot the polar bear!]

Name: Highland Wildlife Park ★★☆
Location: Off the minor road parallel to the A9 a mile south-west of Kincraig, G.R.: NH 823036 / rhino crossings mixer
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2017): £15.40 (adults), £11.55 (children)

[Scottish Wildcat passes along a covered walkway above the path]

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