September 2024 – Midweek


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

Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 Sept 2024

**** Sorry this tour is now full ****

Tuesday – Arrival day

The magnificent Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown on Spey


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.


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 2022 sailings turned up 144 Sooty Shearwaters in once flock! 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

A Trio of Manx Shearwaters

Culinary highlight of the trip? A fantastic hot chocolate whilst watching seabirds! Magic!

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

Accessibility: No accessibility issues on this tour.


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! 2022 turned up Pectoral Sandpiper, Greenshank, Ruff, Snipe, Black Tailed Godwit and Otter all in the same scope view! Add to that 9 Common Cranes it really was a very special day!  Add to that the resident Wader, Swans, Ducks, Tree Sparrows and Marsh Harriers it is a great day out (plus we get to use some bird hides, quite a rarity up here!)

Accessibility: Todays tour may involve a walk of around 1 1/2 miles on even gravel paths, with a short slope near to one of the hides.

Pectoral Sandpiper

The view from the main hide.

Common Crane from the Dunbar Hide

Pick up 0800 – Drop Off 1700


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 £570 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.

What’s not included:

Transport to and from the Grant Arms Hotel

Drinks at hotel

Personal insurance

Travel Insurance (Recommended)

Items of a personal nature

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