With wedding season just around the corner, thoughts naturally turn to the traditional stag do. With so much to see and do in Scotland, why not make it a highland fling and come face-to-face with a real-life stag?
With an estimated population of 300,000 red deer, Scotland is the home of the majestic stag with plenty of places to see the largest land mammal across the country. So, get the diaries out and make a date to escape the last-minute wedding panic and while away the last few days of being a bachelor surrounded by stunning countryside, close friends and a wild animal or two!
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Highland Safaris, Perthshire
Join a Land Rover Mountain Safari with a kilted Safari Ranger and journey through the stunning Perthshire landscape. Iconic Scottish wildlife may even make an appearance so look out for the majestic red deer, the famous grouse, the elusive mountain hare or the soaring golden eagle whilst travelling through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks.
Galloway Red Deer Range, Dumfries and Galloway
Come face-to-face with the iconic red deer at Galloway Red Deer Range. Adjacent to Galloway Wild Goat Park, Galloway Red Deer Range provides a fantastic opportunity to get up close to these beautiful red deer. Between June and September, take a Deer Range guided walk with one of the extremely knowledgeable wildlife rangers, and in autumn don’t miss Rutting Week.
The red deer rut, Beinn Eighe and Creaeg Meagaidh nature reserves
The undisputed Monarch of the Glen and the largest land mammal in Britain, the red deer is a truly awesome creature to see. Head to the spectacular Beinn Eighe and Creag Meagaidh nature reserves in Wester Ross and Laggan to spot them. Making plans for later in the year? The stags put on a captivating performance during the autumn mating season, known as the 'rut' and rangers lead rut-watching trips.
Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Highlands
Enjoy a Luxury Landrover Safari tour of Balmoral Estate. Explore the manicured parkland and gardens in front of Balmoral and the old Caledonian Pine Forest before venturing out onto the open hillside. Take in breath-taking views from Lochnagar, one of Scotland’s most famous mountains, and keep an eye out for wildlife species including birds of prey, red squirrels, red grouse and red deer.
Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters, Ballater, Highlands
Next door to the royal residence, Balmoral Castle, Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters take the best quality green beans from around the world and expertly blend and roast them in the Scottish mountain air. It’s said a strong coffee can help the morning after the night before too!
Scottish Deer Centre, Bow of Fife, Cupar
Take a walk on the wild side at one of the area’s most popular attractions. Set in the Fife countryside and covering over 55 acres, the collection at the Scottish Deer Centre includes 14 species of deer from around the world, Fife’s only wolf pack, brown bear, otters and other rare Scottish species including the wildcat.