For Christmas this year, I opted for an untraditional gift for my husband. Instead of a tie or a watch or some other ultimately useless thing, I gifted him a Bird of Prey experience at World of Wings in Cumbernauld, Scotland.
I married a man who happens to love animals more than people. I'm quite convinced he'd happily trade me in for a dog if he could figure out how to get the dog to make dinner. This gift was better than any single thing I could have bought him for a store. He was gloriously happy.
I found a deal on Groupon to make his experience more affordable. They seem to run offers on a fairly regular basis in the winter months. I'm betting that if you want to go in the summer, you'll have to pay full price.
I was able to pay regular admission for myself and visit their entire collection of birds. I also got to take photos while Geoff got to handle some of the beautiful birds they care for.
If you want to do one of these hands-on experiences, you'll need to book ahead, but if you just want to see the birds and watch a flying demonstration, you can stop by any time during their opening hours.
It snowed the weekend we went, so the 15 minute walk from the train station was a bit more unpleasant than it might otherwise have been. If you have the ability to drive there, I'd recommend it, but it is reachable by public transport.
We also grabbed a quick breakfast between the handling and the flying demonstration, and the food was better than I expected.
If you're an animal lover in the Glasgow area, I'd definitely recommend keeping an eye out for a deal at World of Wings. It was a lovely, if very cold, day well-spent.