August 2021 – Weekend

 

 A Highland Weekend Getaway with Birding Ecosse and The Grant Arms Hotel

Thursday 05 to Monday 09 August 2021

*** 3 Spaces available***

Thursday – Arrival day

The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey

Arriving on Thursday 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.

Friday

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! Yellow Browed Warblers, various waders and up to Cranes and White Storks! All have been recorded at Strathbeg. Add to that the resident Waders, Swans, Ducks, Tree Sparrows and Marsh Harriers it really 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 1800

Saturday

Highland Birds

This is a “must do” trip when you visit the Highland of Scotland!  The day starts off with a visit to a traditional Black Grouse Lek, and at the same time the “Go Back Go Back Go Back” calls of its Red Cousin fill the air.

Red Grouse

Next it is off to a beautiful classic Scottish Loch, complete with ruined castle in search of Black Throated and Red Throated Divers, 2018 was the first successful season in four years and it was a great feeling to see these two birds finally get off some young, hopefully securing the breeding in this area.

Calling in at the hotels very own superb hide we will check on the progress of another specialty, that being the beautiful, colourful and charismatic Slavonian Grebe, before heading up to a High altitude car par where we search for the Iconic Mountain Blackbird – The Ring Ouzel.  The adults will still be feeding their young at this time so it really is the ideal time to get some fantastic views of the summer migrant.

We finish the day in a what has to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Scotland, and it is here we will search for two of the “Big Ones” they are White Tailed and Golden Eagles.  This area is probably the most productive sites in this part of Scotland to see these iconic birds, and the reason they are here?  Herds of Red Deer roam the hillside, Britain largest land mammal is very common as its it smaller relative the Roe Deer, we may even stumble across the secretive Sika deer.  Mountain Hare, Brown Hare, Feral Goats and Red squirrel are also often encountered.

Great Birds, great Scenery and fantastic experiences it really is a day not to be missed.

Pick up 0815 – Drop off 1700

    Sunday

 All aboard!

 It’s the 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, Skuas and 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)

The Bonxie (Great Skua)

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, Great, Arctic and Pomarine Skua, Puffin.

                                                                                                 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 two full days birding in the glorious Scottish Highlands, and start planning your next trip North!

A fantastic break for just £625 per person

So what is included?:

4 nights Full board (Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and packed lunches, see below ) at the Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey.

Delicious packed Lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Tea/Coffee morning and afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

3 Fully guided Birding days.

All transport on outings

All guiding fees.

Complimentary Checklist

Use of binoculars if required.

Whats not included:

Transport to and from the Grant Arms Hotel

Drinks at hotel

Personal insurance

Items of a personal nature

Interested?  Then please feel free to contact Birding Ecosse for more information or to book your place.