A Highland Weekend getaway
With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel
Thursday 15 March to Monday 19 March 2018
Join Birding Ecosse for a fantastic weekend at the luxurious Grant Arms Hotel situated in Grantown on Spey, deep in the Scottish Highlands
Arriving on Thursday afternoon, why not settle in over couple “local brews” in the Hotels superb Capercaillie bar prior to you enjoying your evening meal in the beautiful dining room.
Today we spend on the stunning Moray Firth, starting at a lovely enclosed River estuary we will get some stunning views of the thousands of wintering wildfowl, a large gull roost where in 2017 Glaucous, Iceland and Mediterranean Gull all made an appearance Wigeon, Teal and perhaps some Pale Bellied Brent Geese. Waders are usually plentiful here with Bar Tailed Godwits and Sanderling being star birds.
Off- shore we can pick up Common and Velvet Scoter, flocks of Beautiful Long-tailed Ducks and who knows the now annual “Elvis” the King Eider may grace us with his presence.
Our next stop is a beautiful inland Loch where we will scan from the hide looking for the local Water Rails, over the past few years these birds numbers have increased and now show regularly at a feeding platform. Our final stop is the internationally important intertidal bay where we will witness the huge skeins of geese wiffling above our heads as they return to roost after a day busy feeding in the nearby fields.
A beautiful Snow Bunting
Ever fed a Coal Tit from your hands? Well today could be the day as we head to a local pine forest and see if we can entice the elusive Crested Tit to put in an appearance, you wont get a better chance than this! Then it is onwards and upwards as we head up Cairngorm using the spectacular Funicular railway in search of Ptarmigan and Snow Bunting (weather permitting) Final stop for your first day is Raptor valley, an ideal location for both Golden and White Tailed Eagles. A fantastic first day!
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 three full days birding in the glorious Scottish Highlands, and start planning your next trip North!
***All this for only £565 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
All guiding fees.
Use of binoculars if required.
Whats not included:
Drinks at hotel
Items of a personal nature