July 2019 – Midweek

A Highland Midweek getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel.

*****The East to West Tour****

          Tuesday 02 July to Friday 05 July 2019

                  *** Spaces Available 4***           

 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

The stunning Bay at Poolewe.

Today we head over to the glorious West Coast of Scotland and some of the most beautiful scenery on mainland UK. Birding en-route we will be searching for Slavonian Grebes in full breeding plumage (viewed safely from public hides and viewing area’s) and Ospreys on their nest.

 

Black Throated Diver

Arriving on the West Coast we expect to see Red, Black and Great Northern Divers all in Stunning Breeding Plumage and very often close to shore, Red Breasted Mergansers and Goosanders loaf about on the water giving great comparisons.  The Lunch time stop is always a great location to spend in the company of Arctic and Common Terns at their colony, and using our fantastic Swarovski Scopes (we now have two for our victims to use) it is a brilliant location to get to grips with the subtle ID differences of these problematic birds.

This area regularly turns up both White Tailed and Golden Eagle so always keep your eyes scanning the skies!

Not forgetting the small stuff either! Here we stand a great chance of Twite, Northern Wheatear, Whinchat and Stonechat.  So all in all a great day out.

Pick up 0800 – Drop off 1730/1800

Thursday

The Ythan Estuary, one of the areas birding hotspots.

Today we visit a very new location for Birding Ecosse, the North East Coastline

The Ythan has in recent year been home of Elvis, the King Eider, will he be present in 2019? Who know, but whilst searching for him we will pick up stunning views of Sandwich and Arctic Terns, with a good chance of Roseate Tern as a bonus bird.

Sandwich Tern

Further up stream we visit a small hide higher up the Ythan River, ideal for waders and with luck some early returning birds such as Greenshank may be passing through,  2018 held a pair of spoonbills right in front of the hide!

We Finish the day visiting the main hide and Tower Hide at the RSPB Loch of Strathbeg. Here our target birds will be Black Tailed Godwits and Little Gull.

RSPB Loch of Stratbeg – Main Hide view.

 

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 £485 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