What do you get the man or woman who has everything for Christmas?
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, blue blood and oil reserves aren’t required for this Big Deal on a Falconry Experience from Into the Blue, which would make a truly unique gift idea.
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 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 one is for one person, and option two is for two people. You may be part of a small group.
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…’
Festive falconry gift
A chance to get up close to majestic birds of prey doesn’t happen very often in life. That’s why a Falconry Experience from Into the Blue would be a fantastic gift for anyone who’s fond of wildlife.
If you’ve been racking your brains trying to think of a unique Christmas present for that special someone, this definitely fits the bill (or beak).