July 2019 – Weekend

 

The Grand Tour!

With Birding Ecosse

Thursday 11 to Wednesday 17 July 2019

(6 nights -5 Day)

****Only 2 Spaces Remaining!****

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 afternoon why not treat yourself to a couple of “local brews” in the hotels stunning Capercaillie bar, prior to you enjoying your evening meal in the beautiful dining room.

Friday

Dotterel – one of Todays Target Bird

Today we get this Grand Tour underway on the High Tops of the Cairngorms, Using the benefit of my Guiding Pass we can travel to the Ptarmigan Restaurant using the funicular, we then head off on foot toward the summit. This is the ideal location for Dotterel and Snow Buntings.  The tactics here are slow and sure and we will spend the morning exploring this area. (Owing to conservation methods we stay on the well defined path scanning the surrounding areas)

Lunch will be taken at the summit before we have a gentle walk back down to the car park all the time searching for Ptarmigan and Ring Ouzel.  What a way to start the weekend!

Pick up 0800 – Drop Off 1700/1800

Saturday

The Stunning Troup Head Gannetry.
Today is one of my favourite outings of the Birding Ecosse itinerary. A trip on the “Seacat” out to Scotland’s only mainland Gannetry. Some 1500 birds call this rugged bit of Cliff home, and it is not just Gannets, Kittiwakes, Common Guillemot (some showing the Bridled form)Black Guillemot, Razorbills and….. Puffins!

“Gear Down to land” – Gannet

The rest of the day is spent exploring this beautiful part of the coastline, Bowfiddle Rock, Pennan, Portgordon, the list goes on and on each village has it owns unique atmosphere and characteristics.

What else may we pickup?  Well how about Bottle Nosed Dolphin, Common and Grey Seals and the off chance of a Minky Whale!

(Bad weather alternative if Seacat not sailing will be a walk out to the Colony, a fantastic experience as the Birds glide past at almost touching distance)

Pick up 0800 – Drop off 1730/1800

Sunday

Go West Young Man!

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

Monday

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.

Tuesday

The Beautiful Handa Island

Today we visit the beautiful, captivating, stunning Handa Island. The breeding season this far North can be very short so we have to maximise our time to allow the most victims clients the chance to witness this truly amazing location.  Meet Bonxies and Tysties close up along with Arctic Skua within touching distance, Red Throated Divers giving full scope views and thousands upon thousands of Guillemot, Razorbill and Kittiwakes.

Pick up 0800 – Drop off 1730/1800

*** 6 Nights Full Board, 5 Days fully guided Birding Trips all for just £975 per person***

So what is included?:

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

5 Full days Birding.

Delicious packed Lunch on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

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 weekend must be paid at least four weeks prior to start date (preferably by bank transfer)

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