In any list of Scotland’s wildlife highlights, birds of prey would feature prominently. These magnificent and graceful creatures are a joy to behold through binoculars, but their splendour is all the more impressive viewed at close quarters.
Today’s Big Deal from Into The Blue provides that opportunity, as well as the chance to fly the birds to hand. The birds of prey experience takes place in a scenic Fife setting, near Kirkcaldy. Any wildlife enthusiast will jump at the chance to experience the thrill of a raptor alighting on their gloved hand, and admire their finely-honed hunting instincts.
The Big Deal offers a choice of options, to suit your available time and preferences.
Option one is for one person to have a half-day session of around three hours, with an introduction from an expert bird handler and the chance to handle the birds of prey and fly them to hand.
Option two is for one person to have a full day experience of five to seven hours, offering longer sessions with the birds, and plenty of photo opportunities of the raptors in a natural environment.
Majestic birds of prey
This Big Deal offers exclusive access for guests to encounter and fly the magnificent birds, without any undue gimmicks or tricks. Enjoy the creatures in a comfortable, natural environment, within easy reach of Kirkcaldy.
Sessions provide key facts and information about the hawks, owls and eagles you’ll be meeting, covering everything from their natural habitat and hunting technique to breeding and diet. Expert handlers demonstrate how the birds hunt and fly to the glove, and offer guests instruction on how to handle these awesome creatures.
The handlers and their birds work together as a team, reminding us of the historic sport of hawking, traditionally the pastime of royalty. Guests get a sense of the history, ritual and skill involved in this interaction with the raptors.
Experiences take place in a small group, giving you plenty of access to the range of birds at the centre. Bring the camera to capture sensational shots of birds on the wing, and perching on your glove.
The birds of prey experience in Fife has delighted bird enthusiasts. Recent TripAdvisor reviews include the following:
‘You get to see the full experience of what these birds can be trained to do. There’s no fancy tricks or showmanship, just an obvious love and appreciation of what can be achieved by people who know what they’re doing.’
‘All in all a wonderful experience and staff were really helpful and you see the passion and love the have for all their hawks, eagles and owls.’
This Big Deal birds of prey experience from Into The Blue is a unique opportunity to interact with some of Scotland’s most impressive hunters, in tranquil surroundings in Fife.
Choose a half-day dip or a full day immersion into the thrilling world of birds of prey. Don’t be surprised if it’s the beginning of a wonderful love affair with these avian superstars.