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Scottish stags are wild, literally…

Press release   •   May 04, 2018 15:27 BST

With wedding season just around the corner, thoughts naturally turn to the traditional stag do. With so much to see and do in Scotland, why not make it a highland fling and come face-to-face with a real-life stag?

With an estimated population of 300,000 red deer, Scotland is the home of the majestic stag with plenty of places to see the largest land mammal across the country. So, get the diaries out and make a date to escape the last-minute wedding panic and while away the last few days of being a bachelor surrounded by stunning countryside, close friends and a wild animal or two!

Need help deciding where to go? Read on for more information…

Highland Safaris, Perthshire

Join a Land Rover Mountain Safari with a kilted Safari Ranger and journey through the stunning Perthshire landscape. Iconic Scottish wildlife may even make an appearance so look out for the majestic red deer, the famous grouse, the elusive mountain hare or the soaring golden eagle whilst travelling through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks.

Galloway Red Deer Range, Dumfries and Galloway

Come face-to-face with the iconic red deer at Galloway Red Deer Range. Adjacent to Galloway Wild Goat Park, Galloway Red Deer Range provides a fantastic opportunity to get up close to these beautiful red deer. Between June and September, take a Deer Range guided walk with one of the extremely knowledgeable wildlife rangers, and in autumn don’t miss Rutting Week.

The red deer rut, Beinn Eighe and Creaeg Meagaidh nature reserves

The undisputed Monarch of the Glen and the largest land mammal in Britain, the red deer is a truly awesome creature to see. Head to the spectacular Beinn Eighe and Creag Meagaidh nature reserves in Wester Ross and Laggan to spot them. Making plans for later in the year? The stags put on a captivating performance during the autumn mating season, known as the 'rut' and rangers lead rut-watching trips.

Balmoral Castle, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Enjoy a Luxury Landrover Safari tour of Balmoral Estate. Explore the manicured parkland and gardens in front of Balmoral and the old Caledonian Pine Forest before venturing out onto the open hillside. Take in breath-taking views from Lochnagar, one of Scotland’s most famous mountains, and keep an eye out for wildlife species including birds of prey, red squirrels, red grouse and red deer.

Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters, Ballater, Aberdeenshire

Next door to the royal residence, Balmoral Castle, Roaring Stag Coffee Roasters take the best quality green beans from around the world and expertly blend and roast them in the Scottish mountain air. It’s said a strong coffee can help the morning after the night before too!

Scottish Deer Centre, Bow of Fife, Cupar

Take a walk on the wild side at one of the area’s most popular attractions. Set in the Fife countryside and covering over 55 acres, the collection at the Scottish Deer Centre includes 14 species of deer from around the world, Fife’s only wolf pack, brown bear, otters and other rare Scottish species including the wildcat.

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2018 Year of Young People

  • The Year of Young People 2018 will be the next of the Scottish Government’s series of themed years, following the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
  • The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally
  • Central to YoYP 2018 will be a celebratory events programme that puts young people at the heart of its development and delivery, creating new and valuable experiences for young Scots and the wider public, with links to the inaugural 2018 European Championships.
  • Over 200 young people throughout Scotland are currently being recruited to become YoYP 2018 Ambassadors. Ambassadors will ensure that people and organisations in their communities know about what’s happening and will lead on projects and activities to create events and opportunities to celebrate young people.
  • The Year of Young People will have six themes which were developed in co-production with young people themselves:
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