The Best of the Scottish Highlands
Guided Birdwatching Trip

Sunday 14th - Thursday 18th February 2021

Sorry this tour is now fully booked!

Please contact us for details of our next Scottish Highlands Birdwatching Trip

 
Please email us on
info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk
for details of our next
Scottish Highlands Birdwatching Trip
 

Overview

Come and join us on a relaxed-paced guided birdwatching holiday in beautiful Speyside. We look for charismatic birds and exciting mammals in the very best birdwatching and wildlife watching areas in the dramatic Scottish Highlands.

Findhorn view Oct 3

The majestic Findhorn Valley



Please see below for more details of this exciting tour.





Crested Tit


On our guided birdwatching tour of the stunning Scottish Highlands, we will visit some of the most renowned birdwatching and wildlife-watching sites in Britain. We will look for the elusive Capercaillie in the ancient Caledonian pine forests where iconic Crested Tits are also resident and red squirrels are regularly encountered. We visit beautiful and magestic valleys to look for charismatic Golden Eagles, where we may also see large numbers of red deer. We will visit Cairngorm Mountain where we admire the spectacular views, clouds permitting, and may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the enigmatic Ptarmigan.



Image right: Iconic Crested Tit





Red Squirrel Anagach 1


We also offer an evening in a wildlife hide where badgers regularly come in to feed and with luck perhaps a pine martin will put in an appearance too. We may also visit a nearby estuary where bottlenose dolphins are regularly seen very close inshore as they chase the fish in the shallow waters.

We know you will love the area with its rugged scenery and spectacular wildlife. We will be staying in a lovely, traditional hotel which we use regularly on our guided birdwatching holidays in the Scottish Highlands. It has very comfortable rooms and offers excellent breakfasts and evening meals focusing on local produce. And as we know first-hand, the bar also has a wonderful selection of single malt whiskies from around Speyside and beyond, so we may enjoy a wee dram or two in the evening as we catch up on our birdwatching checklist!

Image right: Red squirrel watching us watching him!






Pine Martin Oct 2




Drawing on our huge experience of running tours in this area, we visit the best birdwatching sites that Speyside has to offer. We will also be in touch with the latest birdwatching information to ensure we see as many bird species as possible. The pace of the tour will be relaxed as we take our time to enjoy the wonderful birds of the Scottish Highlands as well as visiting some of the lovely local cafes for lunch.

Image right: Close encounter with a pine marten






Eider 4 Ythan

On this small-group guided birdwatching tour, we take a maximum of six participants to make sure that everyone receives individual attention and the best possible opportunities to enjoy the all birds that we encounter. At BirdwatchingTrips with The Biggest Twitch, we work hard to ensure that everyone enjoys the best possible guided birdwatching experience.

Our guided birdwatching holiday in the Scottish Highlands includes four nights’ en suite accommodation in a double or twin room with no single supplement on a fully inclusive basis (breakfast, lunch and evening meals), guided birdwatching throughout the trip, transport in a comfortable minibus during the tour from agreed pick-up points, entrance to all nature reserves and special tours, use of our field guide and top-of-the-range telescopes, and individual checklists of the birds we will be looking for.

February is a wonderful time to visit the Scottish Highlands with wonderful winter wildlife almost on the doorstep of our lovely cosy hotel, just a short walk and we can look for Crested Tits and red squirrels. Raptors are very active at this time of year and we have a great chance of watching majestic Golden Eagles and many other species. On the coast masses of winter wildfowl, divers and waders will make for an exciting day out and a complete change of habitat from the mountains, moors and forests. We will look for both Black and Red Grouse and of course a chance of a magical rare Capercaillie hard to find sadly with the population in steep decline. We will also visit the Black Isle to look for bottle-nosed dolphins, flocks of Pink-footed Geese, more sea-duck, divers, waders and raptors plenty of variety on this exciting Highlands tour.

Image right: Drake and female Eider





During our tour we will be looking for species including:

Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Common Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Common Goldeneye, Goosander, Red-breasted Merganser, Black Grouse, Red Grouse, Ptarmigan, Slavonian Grebe, European Golden Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper, Black Guillemot, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Northern Gannet, European Shag, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Merlin, Hooded Crow, Common Raven, Crested Tit, White-throated Dipper, Redwing, Fieldfare, European Stonechat, Grey Wagtail, Snow Bunting, and any other scarcities or rarities that may be in the area.

Mammals are also important on this trip and we will keep our eyes open for iconic species including:

red squirrels, red deer, roe deer, badger, pine marten, mountain hare, brown hare, Atlantic grey seal, bottlenose dolphin.





Dates:

Sunday 14th - Thursday 18th February 2021

Other Information

The price of this fully-inclusive guided birdwatching holiday is £895 per person sharing, please ask us for details of the single room supplement. There will be a maximum of six participants plus your two guides, Alan Davies and Ruth Miller, on this guided birdwatching trip to ensure everyone has the best possible experience. Lunches will be taken at local cafes or a packed lunch will be provided, and evening meals will be taken at our hotel.

The price does not include: personal travel insurance, alcoholic drinks, additional drinks/snacks, travel to and from agreed pick-up points, any items of a personal nature.

For more information or to book your place on this exciting guided birdwatching tour to the Scottish Highlands please email us on

info@birdwatchingtrips.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing great birds with you!





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