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Going wild –
from a cottage holiday in Scotland

Scottish Highlands for a cottage holiday in ScotlandMost often it's the location that influences where you choose to take your cottage holiday– but we are not all looking for thatched cottages in pretty English villages or a cottage holiday by the beach. Some people are attracted by wilderness and wild country and a cottage holiday in Scotland is the ideal answer. Scotland offers the closest that we have, in the UK, to genuine wilderness and it has the wildlife to go with it. David Tomlinson investigates the sort of wildlife and countryside that the Scottish Highlands can offer on a cottage holiday in Scotland.

Going Wild

Up in the Highlands of Scotland, amongst some of the grandest landscapes you can find anywhere in Europe, live many special species of birds and animals, ranging from eagles and wild cats to ospreys and otters. Many of these creatures are shy, elusive and difficult to see, but with a little luck and perseverance, it's amazing what you can find.

Easiest of all to see is our largest native land mammal, the red deer. Widely distributed throughout the Highlands of Scotland, this is the creature immortalised by the Victorian artist, Landseer, in his portrait, 'Monarch of the Glen'. Landseer's Monarch is a particularly imposing stag, but as a rule Scottish stags tend to be small, at least by red deer standards.

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