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Our largest land mammal, the Red Deer, is an essential part of the experience of visitors to many of our Highland properties, such as Torridon, Kintail, Glencoe, Goatfell and Mar Lodge. Roe Deer can also be spotted at many of our Lowland and garden properties.

Wild goats are a feature of places such as Kintail, Burg and Grey Mares Tail, while the Soay Sheep of St Kilda preserves the earliest domestic sheep dating back to the Iron Age.

More elusive mammals, such as the Pine Marten and Wildcat have been photographed at many properties, including Leith Hall, Mar Lodge and Glencoe. Don’t forget if you are lucky enough to spot a wildcat, make sure you report it at www.scottishwildcataction.org. Threave is an excellent place for viewing badgers.

The native Red Squirrel has its stronghold in the Highlands, notably Arran, Mar Lodge and Killicrankie, but can still be seen at Lowland properties such as Rockcliffe, Culzean and Hill of Tarvit.

Water Vole are threatened by invasive American Mink, which are being controlled at many sites around the Cairngorms, including Mar Lodge and Crathes.

The enormous (in mouse terms) St Kilda Mouse is currently the subject of a 3-year research study, while its only slightly smaller island cousin, the Canna Mouse, was the subject of a conservation programme during the successful removal of Brown Rats from the island.