Our trip around the Scotish Highlands continued with a trip to Highland Wildlife Park and Cairngorm Brewery.
After yesterday’s enjoyable day travelling around the Isle of Skye, we had more of a relaxing day lined up.
Highland Wildlife Park
The Highland Wildlife Park was the main attraction that we decided to visit. This was after reading leaflets and reading some suggestions online.
After hearing that snow monkeys were present at the park, we were slightly concerned that they would remove some parts of the car. But this concern was addressed by a member of staff. She informed us that the monkeys were kept in the zoo section of the park. The main thing to be aware of on the safari would be the wild horses!
This proved true as immediately after entering the safari reserve the horses started making a beeline for the car. This was to the alarm of my girlfriend, who basically screamed “quick, quick, pull the windows up and drive away.” I think she thought that the horses would consume us!
The safari reserve was also inhabited by Bison and Deer. The zoo section includes the aforementioned Snow Monkeys, Tigers, Red Pandas and a Polar Bear.
We did enjoy the wildlife park, even if some of the beasts not on display for our visit. There was a great viewpoint of the local landscape at the park too.
Aviemore and Cairngorm Brewery
Aviemore is a small village nearby. It was here that I saw a brown tourist sign for the Cairngorm Brewery. My fascination for real ales meant that we headed down for a look. We had the opportunity to test some of the ales. All beers are brewed on site and chemical free. I couldn’t resist picking up a pack of four to take home.
With my purchase safely stowed in the boot of the car, we headed back to Drumnadrochit. This was in order for the other half could pick up her obligatory Nessie gifts.
In a few minutes, we will be off to the Benleva Hotel for some delicious food and even more real ales!