About The Highland Wildlife Park
What’s this attraction all about?
Sitting in around 260 acres of beautifully managed parkland in the Cairngorms, the Highland Wildlife Park showcases some of the wildlife that can be found in the mountains and wilderness areas of Scotland, as well as several species that are currently endangered in mountainous regions all over the world.
Visitors get the chance to view wild animals such as wolves, elk, bison, tigers and even polar bears in enclosures that perfectly replicate their natural habitats. Starting in the main reserve, you drive through the various sections of the park in a highland safari before heading out into the walk-around areas.Read more...
What can you do there?
Because the park is affiliated with Edinburgh Zoo there are many species here that are on the endangered list, and the Highland Wildlife Park aims to safeguard the future of these animals as well as provide entertainment and education for visitors. The enclosures have been specifically designed to replicate the habitations that would exist in the wild, and you can expect to see both tundra and mountainous regions as you explore the site.
The Cairngorms themselves are an area of outstanding beauty, so after you’ve finished a day at the park you might be inspired to take a detour onto some of the back roads that trail away from the highways and look for some local wildlife yourself.
The highlight of any visit has to be the famed polar bears that roam freely within their massive enclosure. Huge in size, the animals are a truly impressive sight, and if you manage to time your visit right you might even be lucky enough to watch them being fed. All I can say is you’ll be glad there’s a steel fence between you and the bears!
The Highland Wildlife Park is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, so visitors of all ages are presented with lots of information on the lives of each animal as they walk around the park, in addition to lots of activities that are designed to both inform and educate. At the end of your visit you can enjoy an excellent cafe, and as always there’s a gift shop so you can buy the obligatory souvenirs.
What I liked about this attraction
- It’s one of the few places you’ll ever see polar bears running semi-free
- There are lots of animals to view
- The visitor facilities are excellent
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- The tickets are expensive in my opinion, especially if you’re taking a family
The Highland Wildlife Park is 7 miles south of Aviemore. Travelling north on the A9 (Inverness), turn off for Kingussie / Kincraig, and follow the B9152 north. Travelling south on the A9 (Perth), turn off south of Aviemore for Kincraig and follow the B9152 through Kincraig to the Park.
Prices and opening times
(Seniors / Students / Registered disabled)
|Children age 3 – 15 years (age 2 & under free)||£12.00|
|Concession Child – Registered disabled||£10.35|
|Family Ticket 1 adult + 2 children||£36.70|
|Family Ticket 1 adult + 3 children||£47.50|
|Family Ticket 2 adults + 2 children||£51.50|
|Family Ticket 2 adults + 3 children||£62.50|
The Park is open every day of the year* apart from the 25th of December.
|April to October||10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)|
|July to August||10 am to 6 pm (last entry 5 pm)|
|November to March||10 am to 4 pm (last entry 3 pm)|
Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he’s knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.