Rewilding Explorer: Highlands Autumn - Rewilding Retreat - A rewilding autumnal journey in the spectacular Scottish Highlands.


22-28 Oct 2022

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
6 nights
Fitness: Easy
Group Size: 8

A rewilding autumnal journey in the spectacular Scottish Highlands.

  • Learn about rewilding initiatives from those at the cutting edge.
  • Explore Highland glens for golden eagles, red deer and mountain hares.
  • Visit the Caledonian Forest, cloaked in autumn gold, home to crested tits and pine martens.
  • Get up close with leaping salmon and red squirrels.
  • Relax in our mountain lodge and dine on delicious food.
  • Receive a complimentary digital copy of our landmark book: SCOTLAND: A Rewilding Journey.


"It’s an exciting time for rewilding in Scotland, with many inspiring initiatives taking place across the Highlands, home to some of the UK’s most dramatic landscapes and best-loved wildlife.”

James Shooter, Guide


Day 1: After arrival and introductions we enjoy our first meal together before an after-dinner presentation setting the scene for our adventure.

Day 2-6: We begin our retreat by exploring our 120-acre rewilding reserve and spend time searching for crested tits in the surrounding pine woods.

We look for golden eagles, red deer and mountain hares in a remote Highland glen and discover the regenerating landscape of the spectacular Glenfeshie estate. We explore the rich Caledonian Forest of Glen Affric with its mesmerising views across sparkling lochs and watch red squirrels scampering and pine martens foraging from a local hide. One of the season’s most impressive sights can be salmon leaping up challenging waterfalls as they migrate to their natal rivers to spawn.

 “After many years of decline, the last remnants of the Caledonian Forest are beginning to recover. The gnarled granny pines, some centuries-old, are now surrounded by new life as saplings begin to erupt from the undergrowth and spread.”

We'll visit the various landscapes of Cairngorms Connect, the UK's largest nature restoration project and throughout the retreat, we've arranged to meet with different people on the ground, all working to effect positive change. They will provide a fascinating perspective on their work, stimulating new thinking about the future for Scotland’s wildlife and wild places.

“Throughout the retreat we’ll explore a diverse array of stories and hear first-hand from some of the experts on the ground, helping nature to recover.”

This retreat will be an immersive experience set against stunning autumnal landscapes and amazing wildlife, interspersed with thought-provoking discussions across a broad spectrum of rewilding topics.

Day 7: We say our farewells after breakfast on Friday morning.


DATES: 22-28 Oct 2022 GUIDES: James Shooter STATUS: Open BOOK NOW



Enjoy all the highlights of this rewilding experience surrounded by your own group of family or friends, on a retreat that is exclusively yours. Simply complete the following form to begin your journey.




Price: £1395
Deposit: £300
Single supplement: £0


  • 6 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
  • All meals
  • All excursions
  • Personal guiding
  • Presentations
  • Transfers to/from Kingussie


  • Travel to/from the retreat
  • Travel/cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks (wine is served with dinner)
  • Personal expenses


By train/bus: public transport is generally reliable and we can offer free transfers to/from Kingussie (7 miles).

By car: Cars can be safely parked. Directions will be sent as Satnav is not always reliable. Our postcode is PH21 1NX.

By air: Our nearest airport is Inverness (45 miles) and we can offer free transfers. We collect at 4pm on arrival day and drop off mid-morning on departure day.


Ballintean Mountain Lodge is your home from home for our Cairngorms based retreats. This beautifully converted steading is based in Glenfeshie at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The wild landscapes surrounding Ballintean contain some of Scotland’s most treasured habitats as vast ancient forests, hidden lochs and snow-capped mountains provide a breath-taking backdrop for an inspiring retreat. Here you can explore the lodge’s extensive grounds where red squirrels forage and our very own Highland cows wander the meadows along the River Feshie. 

Ballintean Mountain Lodge is comfortable and full of character. Specially designed for house parties, there is a choice of single, double or twin rooms, all with private facilities. Kick off your shoes and make yourself at home! 

The Lodge has a Wi-Fi connection although, due to its remoteness, phone signals can be patchy. 

Your room at Ballintean Mountain Lodge will be available from 4pm on arrival day. Our first evening meal is normally taken at 7.30pm.


Breakfast and evening meals will be taken within our accommodation and prepared by our own catering team. We offer home-cooked, wholesome food prepared with fresh, local ingredients. In the field, we take a picnic lunch and home-bakes. We might also squeeze in coffee and cake stops along the way!. We can almost always accommodate specific dietary requirements - just tell us on the booking form and we’ll make sure to satisfy your needs.


Most sites are accessible via established paths and tracks but the terrain can be uneven and sometimes wet and/or slippery. You should generally be able to walk at a leisurely pace for up to 5km. Waiting for wildlife can sometimes involve staying quiet and still for extended periods.


Weather is very changeable in the Highlands and you should expect anything from mild, calm conditions to wintry squalls. Temperatures are likely to range from 0c to 15c with the possibility of strong winds. If you’re unsure what to pack, we’ll be pleased to advise.


It is very rare to experience biting insects at this time of year