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The Spectacular Autumn Deer Rut

Date published: 4/9/2018

As the summer days draw to an end, the temperatures cool down and the leaves begin to change colour, we welcome the arrival of autumn. Here at Eagle Brae in the Scottish Highlands, it’s an exciting time of year, as the deer rutting season approaches.

Visit Eagle Brae during Deer Rutting Season

Surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes and home to diverse wildlife, our cosy Scottish log cabins are perfect for an autumnal break. If you’re here from late September to early November, you may catch one of nature’s finest events – deer rutting. This magnificent annual display is a battle of the strongest as our red stags lock antlers to win a mate.

Battle of the Strongest

Scotland is home to four deer species: red deer, roe deer, sika and fallow deer. Here at Eagle Brae, you’ll often see red deer roaming in the hills and meadows. During deer rutting season, the Scottish red stags will try to gather groups of female deer. But with this comes a battle. Whilst roaring and using their weight and antlers, the stags will fight to win the right to mate with as many deer as possible.  It’s such an exhausting fight that stags can lose 20 percent of their body weight during the process.

Red Deer bellowing during rutting season

When to see Rutting Stags

Deer rut dates in the Scottish Highlands tend to run from the end of September to early November. This remarkable show is part of the deer’s breeding season. And you won’t have to travel far to see the stags locked in battle. From the comfort and safety of your luxury log cabin at Eagle Brae, you might hear the roaring of the stags.  If you want to get a little closer to the action, you might even find the fight happening on our grounds thanks to our remote location in the Highlands. Just remember to keep your distance, as this battle can be dangerous and they are wild animals. Early morning and dusk are the best times to catch this alpha showdown.

Red deer stood outside Eagle Brae log cabin

 

If you love wildlife, deer rutting season is one of the best times of the year to visit Eagle Brae. Witness the drama of this mighty display, explore scenic surroundings with outside activities, and cosy up by the wood burner in your handcrafted log cabin. So, book your stay at Eagle Brae this autumn for a front row seat at one of nature’s most spectacular shows.