January 2015 Weekend

 A Highland Weekend getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Thursday 15 January 2015 to Monday 19 January 2015

The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey
The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey

Join Birding Ecosse for a long weekend at the luxurious Grant Arms Hotel situated in Grantown on Spey, deep in the Scottish Highlands

Thursday

Arriving on Thursday, we will meet in the Hotels “Capercaillie” bar for a short meet and greet over a couple “local brews” before you sit down to enjoy your sumptuous evening meal.

Long Tailed Duck

Friday

Today we head for the beautiful Moray Coastline taking in a variety of habitats including Rocky Shore, Sandy Beaches, River Estuary and Dune Systems.  The perfect way to start this birding weekend.

Target Species: Common and Velvet Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Red and Black Throated Diver and their bigger cousin the Great Northern Diver, Purple Sandpiper, Turnstones, Glaucous and Iceland Gulls

Ptarmigan Females

Ptarmigan Females

 Saturday

 It’s mountain day today (done the easy way!) After visiting a local pine forest looking for one of the Scottish classics, the Crested  Tit, we head to the mountain tops in search of another iconic bird the Ptarmigan.  After lunch it is off to Eagle country and the possibility of both Golden and White Tailed Eagle.  Add to this Mountain Hare, Red Deer and Feral Goats it really is a brilliant full day in the field.

Target birds for the day: Ptarmigan, Crested Tit, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.

Black Grouse
Black Grouse

 Sunday

Out before breakfast to visit a local Black Grouse Lek, listen to the haunting Bubbling cooing call as the male “struts his stuff” in the hope of attracting a mate, we then return to the hotel for a celebratory breakfast before setting out “over the water” to the Black Isle and beyond. On offer today are rafts of Sea duck, flocks of waders and some absolutely stunning scenery.  Round this off with the chance of Bottle Nosed Dolphins and both Grey and Common Seals its a great way to round off the last full day of the weekend

Target Birds for today: Black and Red Grouse, Purple Sandpiper, Scaup and Slavonian Grebe.

Crested Tit
Crested Tit

Monday

After a leisurely breakfast we head out into the local woods near to the Grant Arms, Red Squirrels and Crested Tit are the main prey for the trip but Crossbills and Capercaillie are good possibilities as well.

Target from this final morning, Crested Tit, Common Crossbill and Capercaillie

This will end the long weekend and we say farewell after checking out from the hotel.

***All this for only £525 per person!***

So what is included?:

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

Delicious packed Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

All transport on outings (pick up/drop off may be possible from Aviemore Railway Station or Inverness Airport, please call to discuss, this will incur an additional  charge)

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 weekend must be paid at least four weeks 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