Andy Hirst 07947 068125.
Caledonian Forest, Upland areas, and trip into mountains, plus lochs,
and a day at the coast.
Caledonian woodland, Well managed moorlands, steep sided upland valleys,
plus tundra mountain habitats including scree slopes (viewed from the
bottom), plus small peaty lochens and larger lochs, with a trip to the
coast. Because of the topography of the area, mobiles and pagers may
Can be variable from shirt sleeve weather at lower altitudes or later
in the day to snow storms higher up. Invariably cold first thing in
the morning, and when the sun sets (can be frost even in May), in between
it can be very warm. Bring clothing appropriate for every eventuality,
bring several layers to add/ remove or replace if wet. Frost and snow
can be expected. It can some times be windy. The weather can change
quickly so take wet weather gear even if bright and sunny.
Luxury 7 seater MPV, so plenty of room for occupants and birding gear.
Based in a well appointed bed and breakfast place in Aviemore. Have
en-suite facilities with friendly staff and excellent breakfasts. Tour
participants will share a room unless a single room supplement has been
previously booked. Some of the b&b's we use have WIFI.
Return each morning to the b+b's for a hearty Scottish breakfast. We
will pick up sandwiches, fruit crisps, biscuits and water to see us
through the day. Hot drinks (tea, coffee, chocolate, soup) will be freely
available throughout the day. Return each evening to sample one of many
eateries in Aviemore from pubs to Indian restaurants. Please try the
local Cairngorm Brewery beer- very nice. Haggis is an optional extra.
Mostly very easy, from within sight of minibus with short walks on occasionally
uneven ground, or to/ from hides. Effort required to scale valley near
Cairngorm for Ptarmigan, this is uneven and can be covered in snow-
graded as moderate to difficult. Out all day with optional early
morning venture (05:00). then post breakfast 09:30 until 18:00ish- or
dusk if wanted. We will have time during the tour for souvenirs, and
will probably call at the Cairngorm Brewery for ADH to replenish his
stock of beer, you are welcome to bring back a sample case of beers.
Optional early morning trip at 05:00, returning for breakfast at 08:30.
Following breakfast head off for the day picking up lunch on the way
c09:30. Follow the itinerary for the day. Stopping as necessary. We
pass through many small villages/ towns so plenty of loo opportunities.
We return late afternoon/ early evening to relax, with a wash and brush
up before heading off into Aviemore for the evening for a meal. Suggest
early nights, for early starts, but plenty of bars and pubs for those
who wish to indulge.
Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands'- Gordon Hamlett (Buckingham
Press), 'The Ultimate Site Guide to Scarcer British Birds'- Lee Evans
(BirdGuides Ltd).' Collins Bird Guide' - Best field guide in Europe.
Explorer 403 Cairngorm & Aviemore, Ordnance Survey 418 Lochindorb
& Grantown on Spey.
tour reports- please go to the Tour
Reports Page, for reports
and species lists.
Allowance- Flight/ Hand Luggage- Not applicable. Plenty of room
for bags and tripods etc...
Pick up in Sheffield. Up the M1, join the A1, then north to Scotch Corner,
along the A66 to Carlisle and the M6. Follow this north to the M74,
M73 to Glasgow (stopping on the way), M80, M9, then the A9 at Perth
to Aviemore. Estimated journey time from Sheffield (inc. stops) 7-8
Requirements-Sterling. Just spending money for drinks in
the evening required, as everything is included (all meals, entrance
fees). We pass several estate shops, which invariably sell things with
tartan on them!, plus we can visit the local Cairngorm brewery for a
case of fine ale.
/ Visa Requirements -None
None, just a modest amount of fitness for full days in the field. Travel
insurance recommended, but not compulsory.
Equipment- None really. A first aid kit will be available at all
times. I will also be taking an iPod with all the bird songs and calls
of Europe installed. Please bring along camera and scopes if you wish,
although Gone Birding will have available a top quality 82mm
scope for all to use. A small rucksack would be useful for carrying
spare jumpers, cameras, drink etc... A sturdy waterproof pair of boots
with good ankle support. Wellies not required.
Plenty of warm waterproof layers, plus a spare fleece, and overtrousers,
hats and gloves and thick socks. A change of clothes for going out in
Scotland is famous for it's midges, but luckily, they don't emerge until
late May/early June, so we'll be ok.