May 2015 Weekend

 A Highland Weekend getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Friday 01 May to Tuesday 05 May 2015

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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

Friday 01 May 2015

Arriving on FRIDAY (please note a day later than normal) we will meet in the Hotels Caprcaillie Bar for a short “meet and greet” over a few local brews before you sit down to enjoy your first meal in the beautiful Dining Room.

Saturday 02 May 2015

Your vessel for the tour the Star Quest

Your vessel for the tour the Star Quest

Gairloch and the West Coast.

Join Birding Ecosse on this bird and scenery rich full day tour to the West Coast. See Divers in full breeding dress, Skuas up close and personal and a fantastic array of Auks, Gulls and Terns. Enjoy a cruise on Starquest (weather permitting)  to the outlying islands to see the breeding birds on their colonies.  A truly memorable day out

 Sunday 03 May 2015

Ptarmigan

Ptarmigan

It’s mountain day today (done the easy way!) After visiting the hotels exclusive hide in search of one of the Scottish classics the Slavonian Grebe, 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, Slavonian Grebe, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.

 Monday 04 May 2014

Sub adult Gannet

Sub adult Gannet

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 to visit the Southern side of the Moray Firth.  Habitats we will visit include River Estuary, Freshwater Loch and a variety of coastal habitats.

Target Birds for today: Black and Red Grouse, Gannet, Kittiwake, Sandwich Tern, Arctic, Common and Little Terns.

Tuesday 05 May 2014

Crested Tit

Crested Tit

After a leisurely breakfast we head out into the local wood 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