By Ian McConnell

An outdoor pursuits company in the Highlands has launched guided, after-dark wildlife tours using the latest thermal-imaging technology.

Connell Outdoor Pursuits,based in the Dornoch area of Sutherland, says it is introducing the “thermal-imaging wildlife safaris” to “offer visitors to the region a rare opportunity to observe animals in the wild under the cover of darkness, including deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits, pine martens and hedgehogs”.

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The new safaris, for up to three people per session and priced at £75 per person, will take place in late evening or at night, depending on the time of year, Connell Outdoor Pursuits said.

Kurt Connell, owner of Connell Outdoor Pursuits, said: “Our new thermal-imaging wildlife safaris are a great new way for visitors to observe a range of species up close after dark, including some of our iconic Highland wildlife.”

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Connell Outdoor Pursuits also offers a range of personalised archery and clay pigeon shooting sessions, 4x4 scenic tours, custom activity tour packages, and local fishing.