Join us at Highland's "Wildlife Hotel", The Grant Arms for a spectacular three night mid-week Break .As well as two days fully guided birding including transport you also have exclusive use of all the facilities provided by the Birdwatching & Wildlife Club (BWWC) during your stay including a Wildlife Film showing most evenings and any scheduled talks. You may even wish to add on extra nights either side to do your own thing, please enquire when booking.
Day 1: Arrival : We meet up for an evening introduction before dinnner.
Day 2: Forest, Lochs & Uplands : We spend the day exploring the local habitats around Strathspey to catch up with specialities including Eagles, Crested Tit, Crossbills as well as Divers and Slavonian Grebes depending on season. In autumn/winter Mountain Hare will be in their white coats and Crested Tits become much easier to see and photograph at local feeding stations. We will also explore the famous Findhorn Valley, one of Scotland's best known spots for raptors, with both White-tailed and Golden Eagle regularly seen as well as Red Deer, Mountain Hare and Wild Goats.
Day 3: The Moray Firth : A wonderful day out exploring coastal habitat of the Moray Firth for Waders, Sea-birds and Dolphins. From sweeping beachs, secluded harbours, tidal mudlfats and rocky shorelines the habitats are diverse and it's always the day with the highest bird list, 60+ is quite possible!
From late autumn to spring large rafts of sea-duck congregate in the Firth and during migration there are many wader hot spots for us to check too. A chance to get to grips on identification skills of a wide variety of birds along one of the most beautiful coastlines in Britain.
On these shorter breaks, emphasis is put on getting to grips with identification of the many species we will encounter, including song and calls. A great opportunity to fine tune your birding skills for the future, and see some spectacular scenery as well. There is minimal walking involved with most spots within a short distance of parking. On colder days we always offer a chance of a warm up in one of the many local Cafes for either lunch or just a quick coffee, which ever you prefer. Of course, we also provide hot drinks and plenty of biscuits throughout the day too!!!
Please note the exact itinerary is for guidance only and may be subject to change depending on weather or road conditions on the days, especially during winter months.
2017 Key Seasonal Highlights
Aug. 29th- Sept.1st £445 Wader Migration, Dolphins
Oct.17th-20th £445 Red Deer Rut, Autumn Migrants, Autumn Landscapes.
Nov.14th-17th £445 Sea-duck, Mountain Hare & Ptarmigan winter plumage
Nov 28th-Dec.1st £435 Sea-Duck, Mountain Hare & Ptarmigan winter plumage
Jan 9th-12th £430pp* Sea-Duck, Crested Tits, Mountain Hare, Ptarmigan, Eagles, Bk Grouse
Feb 13th-16th £445pp* Sea-Duck, Crested Tits, Mountain Hare, Ptarmigan, Eagles, Bk Grouse
March 26th-29th £445pp* Sea-Duck, Crested Tits, Mountain Hare, Ptarmigan, Eagles, Bk Grouse
April 17th-20th £470pp Divers, Bk Grouse, Ring Ouzels, early migrants, Eagles, Capercaillie
May 1st-4th £470pp Slavonian Grebe, Divers,Ring Ouzels,Migrants,Eagles,
May 22nd-25th £470pp Slavonian Grebe, Divers,Ring Ouzels,Migrants,Eagles
Please Note: Seasonal Highlights are for a guide only and some weather dependant over the two days. Other species such as Crossbill and Red Grouse may be seen all year round. Capercaillie are always an incidental species due to their severe decline and not searched for at all during the breeding season. We now recommend booking a full day in autumn or winter for a chance of this species.
* Speedy Birder Discount, book before 30th Sept £399pp!!
We are also able to offer BESPOKE short breaks on dates to suit subject to availability for a min of 2 people, with an itinerary designed to suit your requirements! If you have a group, why not ask us to put together a holiday for you up to a max of 7 people at a very competitive price.
A deposit of £50pp is required to secure a booking, unless within 28 days of break when full balance required.
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What's included in your package?
* 3 nights Dinner bed & Breakfast at the three star Grant Arms Hotel, packed lunch and hot drinks during the day.
* Transport throughout the holiday.
* The services of local guide John Poyner throughout the break. John lives locally and has been working as a Bird & Wildlife Guide throughout the Highlands and Islands for 13 years, previously working for RSPB Scotland as an assistant warden and two of Scotland's leading wildlife tour companies. He now runs Highland Nature, and is Wildlife Guide for the BWWC at the Grant Arms Hotel. In any spare time, John also works as a freelance environmental consultant surveying upland birds for renewable energy developments.
What's Not Included in your Package?
All alcoholic drinks, tips, any incidental expenses of a personal nature.
Number in group is limited to a maximum of 7 people.
For further details contact us on 01479 821357 / (07875) 094666 (mob) Email email@example.com or fill out the form below and we will make a preliminary booking for you. To secure this we can take a deposit by Cheque or Bank Transfer, details will be sent.
If you wish to pay by card we can do this through PayPal, there is a 3.4% transaction charge for this.
Once we have received your balance we will confirm the booking in writing. Please read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
And finally..........HOW DO I GET HERE?
By Car: Main roads are kept well cleared in Scotland in winter, local councils are well equipped and used to snow! Grantown is accessed via the main A9 north from Glasgow, a major trunk road.
By Train: Services daily to Aviemore from Kings Cross.
By Air: Inverness airport is just over an hours drive away. Full details of flights available here.
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