A tourism initiative to promote Scotland’s wildlife has been welcomed by the resort manager at CLC Duchally Country Estate in Perthshire, where many of the guests who stay in the luxury lodges and hotel rooms come to enjoy the spectacular Scottish countryside.

Within the estate, red squirrels roam and are encouraged by a food and protection programme, aiding conservation of this endangered species. And guests who love to observe some of the many beautiful birds indigenous to this part of Scotland, can place food on the bird tables outside each of the lodges and get a close up viewing.

Through a partnership with Scotland Highland Safari guests receive a 10% discount, and a further £50 of local discounts, when they join a day of wildlife discovery. Led by kilted rangers, tour groups scour the countryside and wilderness areas, climbing to 3,000 feet in search of the famous moors Grouse and elusive Mountain Hare, glimpsing majestic Red Deer and soaring Golden Eagles.

Tourism Intelligence Scotland (TIS) has called for businesses to tap into the country’s wildlife tourism market. Figures show this sector accounts for more than a million trips in a year and is already estimated to generate £276m annually for the Scottish economy, with Ministers predicting this to grow as a result of increasing interest in sustainability and responsible tourism.

“Guests come here for a true taste of Scotland, the food, the scenery and the culture. Seeing picture postcard images of our wonderful wildlife come to life in their own habitats, is an unforgettable experience for many of them,” said Mr MacDonald.

Award-winning CLC Duchally Country Estate is set in the heart of Perthshire countryside with its mountains, glens, lochs and rivers, close to world famous Gleneagles golf course, and is the ideal base for a holiday in Scotland. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach being about an hour’s drive from the resort. A warm and friendly Scottish welcome awaits guests ready to discover this fabulous region of Scotland.

Images by Paul Bratcher Photography & Alastair Rae