March 2016 – Midweek

March 2016 Mid Week

 A Highland Midweek getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

*** Two dates available**

Tuesday 01 March to Friday 04 March 2016 ***3 Spaces***

And

Tuesday 22 March to Friday 25 March 2016 ***1 Space***

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

Tuesday

Arriving on Tuesday afternoon settle into your room 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

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper

Today we venture across the water to the mysterious Black Isle, at this time of year a magnet for wintering birds.  Large flocks of wintering thrushes and Geese call this area home and there is always the chance of a rarity amongst them. We will visit one of the best hides in Scotland to witness huge wader roosts and feeding flocks of Wigeon, last year an  American Wigeon was a frequent visitor, will it be back in 2016? Throw in a Dolphin display then it is great way to round off the day.

Thursday

Great Northern Diver

Great Northern Diver

From long sandy beaches to rocky shore, the shallow waters of the Moray Firth hold a fantastic variety of birds. Purple Sandpipers camouflaged against the sea weed strewn rocks, flights of Knot and Dunlin swirling around over a flat calm sea. Long Tailed Ducks, Common and Velvet Scoters lounging just off shore and the whole range of Divers are on offer, a quick visit to a beautiful inland loch will add freshwater duck to the days total  and our final stop will be at a local spot in search of some elusive white winged gulls.

Todays target species: Velvet and Common Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Purple Sandpiper, Red Throated, Black Throated and Great Northern Divers.

 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 £435 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 (pick up/drop off may be possible from Aviemore Railway Station or Inverness Airport, please call to discuss, this will incur an additional  charge of £20 per trip)

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