September 2022 – Midweek

 

 A Highland Midweek getaway with Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Tuesday 20 to Friday 23 Sept 2022

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Tuesday – Arrival day

The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey

Tuesday

Arriving on Tuesday afternoon why not treat yourself to a couple of “local brews” in the hotels stunning Capercaillie bar, prior to you enjoying your evening meal in the beautiful dining room.

Wednesday

It’s life on an ocean wave!

 It’s Pelagic season – All aboard!!

An exciting day ahead as we head over to Ullapool to catch the Ferry across to Stornoway. Witness pelagic birds close up, Manx  and Sooty Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, Great, Arctic and Pomarine Skuas, our 2021 sailings turned up all four Skua species in one trip! plus Divers, Puffins and Black Guillemots are all up for grabs.  (please note we do not spend time in Stornoway, it is purely a pelagic trip)

A regular sighting on this trip, a Northern Gannet

Culinary highlight of the trip? A fantastic special hot chocolate with whipped cream whilst watching seabirds!

Target Birds for today: Manx and Sooty Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, All the Skuas, Puffin.

Thursday

RSPB Loch of Strathbeg

Today we head off to one of the flagship RSPB reserves in Scotland, RSPB Loch Of Strathbeg, hotspot at this time of year for migrants big and small! 2021 turned up Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Greenshank and Redshank all in the same scope view! Add to that 2 Common Cranes on the drive to Strathbeg it really was a very special day!  Add to that the resident Wader, Swans, Ducks, Tree Sparrows and Marsh Harriers  is a great day out (plus we get to use some bird hides, quite a rarity up here!)

Pectoral Sandpiper


The view from the main hide.

Heading to Fen Hide – Chances of Bittern?

Pick up 0800 – Drop Off 1700

Friday

The Crested Tit

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!

A fantastic break for just £525 per person

So what is included?

3 nights Full board at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey.

2 Full days Birding.

Delicious packed Lunch on Wednesday and Thursday

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon on Wednesday and Thursday

All transport on outings

All guiding fees.

Complimentary Checklist

Use of binoculars if required.

Whats not included:

Drinks at hotel

Personal insurance

Items of a personal nature

Interested?  Then please feel free to contact Birding Ecosse for more information and how to book.