Your guide Craig Westlake worked for over 16 years for the RSPB at a number of reserves in the UK. In 2006 he and his wife, Pamela moved to Scotland for a change of scenery.
Craig took up a position at Balmoral Estate as Seasonal Ranger, helping survey the wildlife of the estate, and assisting with safaris, guided walks and other visitor access tasks whilst Pamela works on the visitor enterprises team at Balmoral. In the winter both work at the Glen Shee Ski Centre, an unexpected place to see wildlife even when the site is packed with skiers!
In 2008 DEESIDE NATURE ACTIVITIES was launched to cater for the niche in the wildlife tour guide market in the Royal Deeside area. After nearly a decade of wildlife watching in this fantastic part of the country Craig has an excellent local knowledge of what can be found where.
Our safari vehicle is currently a Luxury Land Rover Discovery TD3 seating four people but this is due for an upgrade for the 2020 season to another top of the range 4x4 with seating capacity for 4 persons.
We also provide top of the range optical equipment for your use including Leica, Zeiss and the excellent Swarovski Telescope with 20 to 60x zoom making the views of the wildlife that sit still long enough exceptional. A second Optalyth scope and a pair of Lieca 15 x 50 binoculars allow multiple watching and spotting!