May 2019 – Weekend

 A Highland Weekend getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Thursday 09 May to Monday 13 May 2019

***This trip is now Full***

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


Arriving on Thursday 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.


Dark Phase Arctic Skua

Dark Phase Arctic Skua


A visit to the Isle of Handa today, birdwatching Nirvana! A short boat trip across from the mainland should give up good views of Black Guillemot and the first look at the Great and Arctic Skuas that will be the target birds for this trip.

Handa has quite a long uphill walk to get to the Puffin colony, so stout footwear and a basic level of fitness is required for this trip.


Black Throated Diver

Black Throated Diver

The day starts with a slow drive through the beautiful Speyside countryside looking for breeding summer migrants before heading to a stunning Scottish loch and moor.  After visiting the hotels exclusive hide in search of one of the Scottish classics the Slavonian Grebe 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: Slavonian Grebe, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.


Gannet and Gugga

Gannet and Gugga

Seabird City!

Join Birding Ecosse on this full day tour to the fantastic spectacle of Troup Head, Scotlands only mainland breeding colony of Gannets. Enjoy a gentle walk out to the colony to witness the sights, sounds and smells of a true seabird city. Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins add to the list for the day with the added possibility of Dolphins.  A truly great day out!




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 £575 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