The Park is open every day of the year, except Christmas Day (weather permitting in winter):
April to June 10am to 5pm
July to August 10am to 6pm
September to October 10am to 5pm
November to March 10am to 4pm
Last entry is 1 hour before closing time.
The Park may be closed during periods of ice or deep snow; check with the Park before travelling (see official website for details).
Senior Citizens & Students
Children under 3
Online discounts and membership and group rates are also available; see the Park's main website for details.
(Note: Walkers and cyclists will be picked up from the gate kiosk by the patrol vehicle. They will be driven round the Main Reserve and dropped off at the Visitor Centre.)
The Highland Wildlife Park is set in the stunning Highlands of Scotland and was opened in 1972. The park incorporates many animals that would have been around centuries ago together with a wonderful variety of animals from present day Scotland. In addition to this core Scottish collection, starting in 2007, the Highland Wildlife Park will be adding other internationally endangered species from mountain and tundra habitats. This program is being coordinated with Edinburgh Zoo which will concentrate on other habitats.
The main reserve is designed for visitors to drive around in their own cars, and features many of the Park's larger animals, including Red Deer, European Bison, European Elk, Przewalski's Horse, Reindeer, and wild/rare sheep. A patrol vehicle will transport visitors who arrive on foot or by bike around the main reserve. Then there is a walk-round area to enjoy, featuring the Park's smaller animals, such as Lynx, Wolves, Wild Boar, Polecat, Wildcat, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Otters, and Arctic Fox, together with a small group of European Forest Reindeer, a much rarer species than the domestic variety found in the main reserve. The Park's collection of birds, such as Owls, Black and Red Grouse, Capercaille, and Chough, are also in this area, and a variety of waterfowl, both resident and seasonal visitors can usually be seen on the Lochan.
If you arrive early (at opening time!), you can follow the patrol vehicle on its breakfast feeding round through the main reserve, giving you the opportunity to see the animals close to the roadside. This `Breakfast Feed' tour starts daily just after 10:00am. There are also regular warden-led `walk and talk' sessions around the walk-around area, starting at 11:30am and 1:00pm daily.
The Highland Wildlife Park is committed to promoting conservation of threatened species and habitats.
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Antlers coffee shop
Dogs are not allowed in the park, however, they can either stay in the car or there are free kennels and an exercise area situated outside the gate.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
Amur Tigers, Japanese Macaques (snow monkeys), Yak
Przewalski's Horse, Red Deer, European Bison, European Elk, Polecat, Wildcat, Capercaillie, Lynx, Wolf, Reindeer, Wild Boar, Arctic Fox, Snowy Owl, Otters, Beaver, and many more.
Guided tours are available but must be pre-booked at least two weeks in advance; see the Park's main website for details.
Loan of audio guide and free guidebook, gift shop, warden for the day, discovery room, breakfast feeds, guided walks at 11.30am daily, walk and talks daily at 2pm, adopt an animal.
How To Get There:
The park is situated 7 miles south of Aviemore, on the A9. However, there is no direct access between the A9 and the Park entrance.
Follow the A9 north, towards Inverness, past Pitlochry and Blair Atholl, to Kingussie. Here, turn left onto slip road, then turn right onto A86 towards Kincraig and Aviemore. Continue onto B9152 towards Kincraig. The entrance to the Highland Wildlife Park will then be on the left after about 2.5 miles.
From Fort William:
Follow the A82, and then A86 north east towards Aviemore, to Kingussie. Continue through Kingussie then do NOT join the A9, but continue onto B9152 towards Kincraig. The entrance to the Highland Wildlife Park will then be on the left after about 2.5 miles.
Follow the A9 south to Aviemore.Continue on A9 past Aviemore, then turn left then right onto B9152 towards Kincraig. Continue on B9152 past Loch Alvie and through Kincraig towards Kingussie. The entrance to the Highland Wildlife Park will then be on the right about 2 miles beyond Kincraig.
From the North East:
Follow the A95 south west to Aviemore. Turn left onto A9 and continue past Aviemore. Turn left then right onto B9152 towards Kincraig and continue as described above (from Inverness)
By Public Transport
Scottish Citylink bus service which has limited stops at the Park. For timetable information, telephone 08705 50 50 50, or visit www.citylink.co.uk
Data on this page last updated: Apr 13 2014