November 2018 – Weekend

  A Highland Weekend getaway

With Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel 

Thursday 22 November to Monday 26 November 2018 

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

Thursday

Arriving on Thursday why don’t you settle in by enjoying a few local brews in the hotels Capercaillie Bar  before sitting down to enjoy your first meal in the beautiful Dining Room.

Friday

                                       Red Throated Diver

Today we start off on the beautiful Moray Firth.  Taking in habitats such as River Estuary. Ancient Woodlands and Open Sea we look forward to starting your long weekend with a bumper selection of Species, from Seaducks and Waders to White Winged Gulls, Divers and Grebes

Target Birds for the day: Common and Velvet Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Purple Sandpiper.

Pick up in reception 0830 – Drop off approx 1630

Saturday

Snow Bunting

Our first port of call after breakfast is to 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 head upwards for a day of Mountains (the easy way!), Ancient Caledonian Forests, stunning Valleys and atmospheric Scottish Lochs. Remember to wrap up warm as we will be on top of one of Scotland Highest Mountains as we scan the slopes for Ptarmigan and watch the antics of the local Snow Buntings. We then head for one of the areas foremost raptor areas in search of Golden and White Tailed Eagle, Peregrine, Merlin and Red Kite.

Target birds for the day: Ptarmigan, Red Grouse, Snow bunting, Crested Tit, Golden and White Tailed Eagle.

Pick up in reception 0830 – Drop off approx 1630

 Sunday

                     Waxwing on Black Isle Dec 2017

 

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 2018?
Pick up in reception 0830 – Drop off approx 1630

Monday

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 £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 of £20 each way)

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 one week 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