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Spring birdwatching in the Highlands

The Highlands, the most northerly region of Scotland, stretches from the vibrant city of Glasgow to the very top of the British Isles and its sparsely populated islands in the north.  This vast area encompasses beautiful scenery that can only be paralleled with a handful of destinations in Europe.  The great diversity of habitats in the Highlands is outstanding.  There are the rolling round-topped mountains with alpine vegetation, contrasting with the vast areas of heather or grassy moorlands, marshes and blanket bogs.  The rocky coastline is frequently intersected by sweeping sandy bays and estuaries or steep cliffs.  The vast network of rivers and lakes (lochs) that range in size from small pools to the largest freshwater areas in Britain.  The Caledonian pinewood, although it is now sparse and fragmented, reminds us of what Scotland looked like, when it once covered the Highlands.  Some of these habitats are of prime importance on a national and international scale. 

Such diversity of habitats, inevitably attracts wonderful wildlife and, what’s more, many of the species that occur in the Highlands are sensitive, rare or have restricted ranges.  Highland glens are home to the Golden Eagle, Ring Ouzel, Peregrine. Lochs and lochans support Slavonian Grebes, Red-throated Divers and Black-throated Divers. In the Caledonian pine forest, Capercaillie, Black Grouse, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill, Red Squirrel and Pine Marten hold their territories.  The moorlands and bogs are home to an array of breeding waders, such as Greenshanks and Golden Plovers.  The mountain tops are occupied by Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Snow Bunting and Mountain Hare; estuaries are home to Osprey, White-tailed Eagle, seaducks, Bottlenose Dolphin and Otter; whereas the rugged cliffs are inhabited by seabirds, including Puffin, Razorbill, Kittiwake, Fulmar and  Guillemot.

Spring is a very rewarding time in Scotland and our tour will take you to the very heart of the Highlands.  We will start from Inverness, the capitol of the Highlands and explore the very best sites of the Highlands.  Those include an array of interesting habitats ranging from the indented coastline and islands of the west coast, through the vast areas of upland moorlands, glens and lochs, through the dramatic Cairngorm Mountains to the ancient Caledonian pine forest, where we will look for all those special birds they support.  An evening visit to a hide to view Pine Marten will be an attraction not to be missed.  Scotland is also famous for its whisky and we will visit one of the Highland distilleries to taste the sharp delight of the “water of life”.   Traditional Scottish cuisine and good accommodation throughout will make this trip a memorable experience for anyone.

Detailed Itinerary Booking Info



Tour Details

Date
9-15 April 2018

Price
£1350 per person sharing

Single Supplement
£95

Group Size
7


Outline Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival to Inverness

Days 2-3
Inverness:  Birdwatching in the glens, Black Isle and the Moray Firth

Day 4
Handa Island on the West coast

Days 5-6
Speyside: Cairngorm Mountains National Park and Abernethy Forest

Day 7
Departure from Inverness/Aviemore


The Price Includes

all accommodation on a shared basis

all meals

all excursions and transfers by vehicle

park and tour guide fees


The Price Does Not Include

all items of a personal nature

flight cancellation, baggage and medical insurance

drinks at the bar

transport to and from Inverness


Please Note

all passengers must have valid holiday insurance

a deposit of £100 is requested with a booking  form.