What do you get the man or woman who has everything?
Well, unless your man or woman is a member of an Arabian royal family, we suspect that they are unlikely to have been up close to a falcon.
Sometimes known as the sport of kings, falconry has a long and noble history.
Happily, you won’t need blue blood and oil reserves to enjoy this Big Deal on a falconry experience from Into the Blue.
Great day out
Perfect for bird lovers, this experience at Strathblane would also make for a great family day out or an unforgettable present.
This home for birds of prey is not normally open to the public, so you will be given exclusive access to meet, greet and fly the magnificent feathered residents.
Strathblane Falconry is in the grounds of the lovely Strathblane Country House Hotel with the Campsie Fells, Dumgoyne and Ben Lomond as your backdrop.
There are eighteen birds at the centre and your falconry activity starts with a tour.
You’ll get to meet the stars of the show straight away, Say ‘Hi’ to Midge the White Faced Scops Owl; Artemis the Steppe Eagle (the largest of the raptors here), Albert the Barn Owl and Gigha the Peregrine Falcon to name but a few.
Choose your falconry experience
Available on selected weekdays and weekend days, this Big Deal comes in three forms.
Option one is for a falconry taster session. Lasting approximately one hour, you will meet the birds and have the thrill of handling and flying some of them.
Option two is for a half day, around three hours, while option three is for a full day lasting around six hours. The full day experience includes a light lunch.
For those on the half or full day sessions, you will have a tour of the centre; meet the birds and learn some of the many aspects of falconry.
You will have plenty of opportunities to get up close to the birds, handle them and fly the birds to glove.
The all day option has an extended flying session.
You may be part of a small group for all three options.
Happy falcon handlers
Don’t take our word for it. This recent TripAdvisor review – edited for length – gives an idea of how fantastic this is:
‘Falconry was awesome! What an experience!... truly an unforgettable and exciting experience. Graeme, the instructor was so detailed and so great at explaining and educating us… Graeme was so enthusiastic and happy and made it exciting for us. He was full of energy and showed us three different birds; eagle, owl and falcon. We were able to fly two different birds. Just simply amazing!! Highly recommended! We would totally do it again…’
If you are fond of our feathered friends – or know someone who is – then this Big Deal on a falconry experience would make a very memorable day out.
The centre’s owner, Graeme, is passionate about his birds and his enthusiasm shines through. Share it with today’s Big Deal.