Best time to travel to Scotland

Red Deer​ Rutting

The loud clash of red deer signals that rutting season is on–time to watch the stags' fight​

Red Deer​ Rutting in Scotland 2019 - Best Time
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Red Deer is one of the highlights of Scottish wildlife, particularly during the rutting season when stags fight with each other to win as many females for mating as possible. The clamour of deer rutting heard here and there across the Highlands evokes true excitement and intrigue. For those hoping for a closer look, Red Deer safaris allow you to witness the rutting rituals from a safe distance. The best places to observe rutting activity are the Isle of Arran in Ayrshire county, the isles of Jura and Rum in the Inner Hebrides​, the area around Torridon hills and Lochaber, and also the Knoydart peninsula. Red deer rutting season runs between September and October.​

Red Deer​ Rutting in Scotland - Best Season 2020
Best time for Red Deer​ Rutting in Scotland 2020
Best time to see Red Deer​ Rutting in Scotland 2020
Best time for Red Deer​ Rutting 2020