Until the species reestablishes itself throughout the UK, your best chances of seeing a pine marten lie in the Scottish Highlands.
With pine marten populations increasing north of the border, Scotland is currently the best place to catch a glimpse of this elusive mustelid. Make a beeline to any of the destinations in the following selection and you’ll increase your chances of spotting a pine marten…
You might strike gold and spot a marten on a forest road ot trail, but your best chance is to visit a place where the species is fed regularly.
One long-established hide is at Aigas Field Centre in Inverness-shire (01463 782443). Sightings of multiple individuals are common here and at Speyside Wildlife Hide in Rothiemurchus (01479 812498). The Kindrogen Field Centre in Perthshire has also long been reliable for marten sightings (01250 870150).
If you’re a keen photographer, consider booking your own session in a small, private hide, such as those of Black Isle Hides (07843 567756).
Hotels and B&Bs
The following guesthouses all feed their local martens:
Casmus na Choirk B&B Ardnamurchan, Argyll (07919 062315)
Dunchraigaig Guest House Kilmarten Glen, Argyll (01546 510396)
Glenloy Lodge Banavie, Fort William (01397 712700)