December 2019 – Midweek

A Highland Midweek getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

          Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 December 2019

                  *** This tour is now full ***           

 Tuesday – Arrival day

Arriving on Tuesday afternoon settle into your room in the Stunning Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey, Home of the BWWC,  before enjoying your exquisite evening meal in the beautiful dining room prior to perhaps a few nightcaps in the Hotels “Capercaillie” bar.

Be sure to get a good nights sleep though as the tour starts early tomorrow morning!

Wednesday

Red Kite

Merkinch – Black Isle

Situated here in the beautiful Scottish Highlands wintertime on the Moray Firth and Black Isle is a magical time of year. Tide and weather permitted we start the day off with a walk in a local nature reserve, the exposed mud flats attracting hundreds of Ducks, such as Wigeon, Teal and Eider we may be lucky and see the regular overwintering American Wigeon. Winter plumaged Slavonian Grebes loaf about just offshore whilst Waders feed in the seaweed strewn pools and sand banks. And who knows, we may catch a glimpse of the local Otter family as the glide effortlessly among the seaweed beds just off the beach or perhaps catch the flash of blue of a Kingfisher.

After this we head over the Firth to the Black Isle, one of my favourite Birding Spots. From Sandy Beaches, mud filled tidal bays to fields and fields of arable farmland it is a cracking place to see a vast array of Species.  The area holds one of the largest and most easily viewable flock of Scaup, sometime numbering several hundred, Long Tailed Ducks mingle with Red Breasted Mergansers and Common Eiders. Several Thousand Pink Footed Geese roost in the area, right in front of the best hide in the Highlands and with a careful check we may pick up Brent, Barnacle, Canada and White Fronted Geese as well, and not to be outdone by the first location we may encounter our second American Wigeon of the day!

The mixed habitat attracts large Finch flocks to the areas, Brambling and Yellowhammer mingle with Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Linnets and only in 2016 the area turned up a Siberian Accentor!

A fantastic varied day, with an expected species list of 50+, what a great way to start your new year list.

Pick up 0800 – Drop Off 1630

Thursday 

Spot the birds!  Turnstones hiding!

Today we start off on the beautiful Moray Firth. Pick up at 0800 in the hotels reception and return will be around 1600.  Taking in habitats such as River Estuary, Ancient Woodlands and Open Sea we look forward to starting your long weekend with a bumper selection of Species, from Seaducks, Divers, White Winged Gulls and a myriad of Waders

Target Birds for the day: Common and Velvet Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Turnstones and Purple Sandpiper.

 

Friday

Give yourself a treat!  Enjoy a long lie before you head down for your last breakfast at the Grant Arms. Sit back and enjoy the memories of the past two full days birding in the glorious Scottish Highlands, and start planning your next trip North!

***All this for only £465 per person!*** 

So what is included?:

Full board at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey.

Delicious packed Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday.

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon Wednesday and Thursday.

All transport on outings

All guiding fees.

Use of binoculars if required.

Whats not included:

Drinks at hotel

Personal insurance

Items of a personal nature

No deposit required, however the full amount of your trip must be paid at least one week prior to start date

Interested?  Then please feel free to contact Birding Ecosse for more information or to book your place.

Please note, spaces are very limited so book early to avoid disappointment