Uist 2019

  The Uists and Barra

Thursday 31 May to Wednesday 05 June 2019

**** This trip is now full **** 

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 and the warm and inviting Templeview Hotel on North Uists.

Thursday

Arriving on Thursday afternoon why not sample a few “local brews” in the hotels superb Capercaillie bar before settling down to you enjoy evening meal in the beautiful dining room.

Friday

One of the main Target Birds – Corncrake

Travel day today, so up bright and breezy (time to be to be confirmed but may be well before breakfast, in that case breakfast will be picked up “on the hoof” as we travel to Uig)

Arriving at Uig we set sail to Lochmaddy to begin this mega exciting trip!  Staying at the beautiful Templeview Hotel on North Uist you will be treated to warm and cosy rooms, beautiful views from the Hotel and absolutely amazing food!  A few libations may also be taken at the call over each evening.

 Saturday/Sunday/Monday

 And so the weekend begins, the actual itinerary will be weather dependant, however as guidance what I plan is:

Saturday:

Our step off point to Barra – the stunning Isle of Eriskay.

This morning we will set off for a day trip to Barra, sailing from Eriskay to Castlebay, a short 45 minute crossing. We will then spend the day exploring the exciting new location for Birding Ecosse, don’t worry even I cannot get lost….. there is only 1 road!

Sunday:

Today will be exploring North Uist, Bernaray, fantastic habitat unlike any on mainland UK.

A before breakfast rise will see us traversing the moors on North Uist, a hot spot for Raptors, and with good luck we will encounter Short Eared Owl and Hen Harrier, two of the iconic species of the Islands, with a high chance of both Golden and White Tailed Eagle where else can you encounter these birds before your porridge!

Short Eared Owl

Pre Breakfast White Tailed Eagle Anyone?

The Machair will have stopped flowering at this time however the short grass is an inviting feeding area for returning waders, the sea weed strewn beaches nearby also providing a major buffet table for hungry bills! Gulls, Terns and Skuas should be present offshore and on the fences parties of Twite will mix with Corn Bunting and Skylarks.

The Uists at this time of year is alive with birds, some resident, some migrants, a fine cocktail to excite most birders!

 The Stunningly beautiful Uists

Monday

On todays outing we will complete the Islands by visiting Benbecula, South Uist.

South Uist is home to one of the best sea watching locations on the Hebrides and we will take full advantage of the setting! Gulls, Divers, Shearwaters, Auks, Petrels, Sea Ducks are all possible adding to the list for the weekend.

Tuesday

Today we bid farewell to the Uists and set sail back to the Mainland, giving a fantastic opportunity for some sea watching en-route. Auks of all shapes and sizes will be rafting on the water, Manx and Sooty Shearwaters can be expected along side Arctic and Great Skua, we may even score with Pomarine as well!

***All this for only £1125 per person!***

Points to note: Due to location of the Uists the weather can be very variable at this time of year… well to be honest it can be variable anytime of the year!  To that extent bring plenty of layers of clothing, especially a good waterproof outer layer, also include hat and gloves as it could get chilly in the breeze.

Please let me konw if you have any special food requests. ie Gluten Free/Vegetarian/Vegan.  Also your preference for drinks Tea/Coffee/Decaff/Herbal cold drinks etc.  This will allow me to stock up prior to the Uists where shops are limited.

So what is included?:

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

Four nights Full board at the Templeview hotel, North Uist.

5 Days birding (2 of these travel/birding days)

Delicious packed Lunches on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

All transport on outings

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 (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