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Scottish Highlands

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Birding The Highlands

The Highlands are an historic region of Scotland and council area. The area is very sparsely populated, with many mountain ranges dominating the region, and includes the highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis. Before the 19th century the Highlands was home to a much larger population, but due to a combination of factors including the outlawing of the traditional Highland way of life following the Jacobite Rising of 1745, the infamous Highland Clearances, and mass migration to urban areas during the Industrial Revolution, the area is now one of the most sparsely populated in Europe.The Scottish highlands is the only area in the British Isles to have the taiga biome as it features concentrated populations of Scots pine (Caledonian) Forest.

The Highland regions of Scotland offer a great deal to resident and visiting birdwatchers. The vast area holds some habitats of prime importance in national and international terms. The flow country of Caithness and Sutherland are famous for upland breeding waders especially Greenshank. Ross-shire is a land of contrasts between the hard, high mountains and rocky coastline of the west where Black-throated Divers and Golden Eagles are the special birds, and the rolling hills and soft estuaries of the east where internationally important numbers of wader and wildfowl winter. Inverness-shire holds a little bit of everything with an impressive list of exciting birds including Slavonian Grebe, Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Osprey, Dotterel, Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill and Snow Bunting; the jewels in the Highland crown.

Many of the special species that occur in Highland are sensitive, rare or have restricted range. This makes it vitally important that all birdwatchers which visit the area to be especially responsible when in the field in Highland. Of course follow the birdwatchers and countryside codes. Please do not disturb nesting birds, and take care in sensitive areas. Please be very careful and discrete with any information you have been told or on species you discover, this information should only be passed on to the RSPB (Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness) and not put into the public domain. Careless talk can put at risk the birds that you have enjoyed watching.

Top Sites

Abernethy National Nature Reserve

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Home to some of Scotland's most spectacular wildlife, Abernethy is a dramatic and awe-inspiring place. A fragile mosaic of ancient Caledonian pinewood, moorland, bog and mountain plateau, this reserve really has something for everyone. Look out for some of the pinewood residents, like the fast moving red squirrel or the restless flitting of a yellow siskin. Or head for Loch Garten and watch its most famous summer visitors, the imposing ospreys nesting high in the tree tops.

Cairngorms National Park

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The highest plateau in Britain. Rapid changes in weather can cause problems for the under-prepared, please take precautions. This is also a very sensitive area for wildlife so take care. Visitor numbers are likely to increase after the building of the new funicular in the next few years. Montane species can be found during the summer with time, although they are not straightforward, this is not a quick stop site and plenty of time should be allowed. Dotterel, Snow Bunting and Ptarmigan are the star species and in recent years lucky observers have seen Snowy Owl.

Glenmore Forest Park

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This extensive area of forest holds an impressive mix of exotic plantations and ancient pinewood. All the pinewood specialities occur here and is a good place to compare Common and Scottish Crossbills. Loch Morlich is always worth spending a bit of time as it is often used by fishing Black and Red-throated Divers.

Handa Island Reserve

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Famous seabird colony which is now a Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. Magnificent Torridonian sandstone cliffs rise from the Atlantic on the north west coast of Handa Island. Each summer, nearly 100,000 seabirds breed here, including internationally important numbers of guillemots, razorbills and great skuas. These dramatic cliffs provide stunning ocean panoramas. Guillemot, Razorbill, Puffin, Black Guillemot, Kittiwake and Fulmars breed on the cliffs while inland both Great and Arctic Skuas hold territories. Access through organised boat operators from Scourie and Tarbet.

Insh Marshes RSPB

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A RSPB reserve with visitor facilities including hides. A huge flood marsh on the River Spey just to the north of Kingussie. Many pairs of breeding wildfowl and waders use these wet meadows, marshes and pools. The birch woods hold a typical selection of Highland woodland species.

Loch Garten RSPB

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Remnant Caledonian Pine Forest holding many of the forest specialities. However the main attraction is the pair of breeding Ospreys. Major investment by the RSPB have improved visitor facilities with a purpose built visitor centre offering excellent views of the Osprey nest but is also an superb site for watching pinewood species including Crested Tit, Scottish Crossbill and Common Redstart.

Loch Ruthven RSPB

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A RSPB reserve with visitor facilities. To see possibly the most beautiful Highland species, the Slavonian Grebe, this site is a must. Regular scanning of the loch will not only produce the grebes in breeding plumage but also Red-throated Diver which use the loch for fishing.

Moray Firth

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Complex estuary system with numerous bays, saltmarshes and inter-tidal flats. The majority of the smaller firths have industrial developments, which have resulted in major encroachments at key sites. Huge numbers of wintering waterfowl and waders use this whole complex as a wintering and passage site. Many sites and watchpoints around the coastline, two major sites are; Nigg Bay NH790730 - Extensive area of mudflat and saltmarsh. Important winter numbers of Dunlin, Redshank, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Wigeon and Pintail. Udale Bay NH71/65 - Sheltered mudflats and saltmarsh. RSPB hide overlooking saltmarsh west of Jemimaville. In winter Oystercatcher, Knot, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank, and Bar-tailed Godwit use the saltmarsh as a high tide roost. Large numbers of Wigeon and Greylag Geese also present. This is also an excellent place for passage waders. Offshore scan for wintering Slavonian Grebes, Scaup and Long-tailed Duck.

Strathdearn (Findhorn Valley)

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The place to look for eagles. The long skylines and spectacular open glen offer excellent conditions, if the weather prevails for raptor watching. Wandering Golden Eagles are never far away and in recent years it has been a regular place for seeing re-introduced White-tailed Eagles. This is also an excellent site for Ring Ouzels, Red Grouse, breeding waders and upland river species including Dipper.

Contributor

County Recorder

Peter Stronach

Clachan, Boat of Garten, Invernessshire PH24 3BX

01479 851272

highlandrecorder@gmail.com

Caithness - Sinclair Manson

7 Duncan Street, Thurso KW14 7HZ

01847 892379

sinclairmason@btinternet.com

Number of Species

County [Sutherland] Bird - Red-throated Diver Gavia stellata

Useful Reading

Fieldguides & Other Birding Books
For a full list of fieldguides and other books see the general UK page

Best Birdwatching sites in the Scottish Highlands

By Gordon Hamlett | Buckingham Press | Paperback | Feb 2014 | Edition: 2 | 288 Pages | 218 Colour Maps |

ISBN: 9780956987655

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Bird Songs of the Scottish Highlands and Islands

by John Neville | Neville Recording | 2007 | Audio CD | 2 Discs, Runtime 111 Mins |

ISBN: 9780978179717

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In Search of Birds in the Scottish Highlands

by Brian O'Shea & John Green | Artery Media Productions | 1990 | Paperback | 86 pages |

ISBN: 0951390910

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Island Eagles

(20 Years Observing Golden Eagles on the Isle of Skye) | by Ken Crane & Kate Nellist | Cartwheeling Press | 1999 | Paperback | 142 pages, B/w line illus, figs |

ISBN: 095360330X

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Skye Birds

(An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Skye and Where to Find Them) | by R L McMillan | Skye-Birds.com | 2009 | Paperback | 176 pages, Col and b/w photos, b/w illus |

ISBN: 9780955025303

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Where to Watch Birds in Scotland

by Mike Madders & Julia Welstead | Christopher Helm | 2002 | Paperback | 297 pages, b/w illus, maps |

ISBN: 071365693X

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Organisations

Aigas Field Centre

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Wildlife, Birdwatching, History & Nature Holidays in the Highlands of Scotland…

Roy Dennis Wildlife Foundation

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The Foundation was established in Scotland in 1995 as the Highland Foundation for Wildlife. It is a non-membership charitable trust dedicated to wildlife conservation and research, with a special emphasis on species recovery projects and the restoration of natural ecosystems. Our aim is to carry out important work in the field through project-based activity and to keep administrative overheads to a minimum.

RSPB Highland Local Group

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The RSPB Highland Group was formed in 1987 to support the work of the RSPB in the Highlands. We have over 129 members. We run a series of field trips with one a month throughout the season plus the occasional Thursday trip. Indoor meetings are held on the last Thursday of the month from September to April.

Scottish Wildlife Trust

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tish Wildlife Trust is a Scottish registered charity (charity number SC005792).

SOC Caithness

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Mets at Castlehill Heritage Centre, Harbour Road, Castletown, Caithness, KW14 8TG

SOC Highland

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Meets at Culloden Library, Keppoch Road, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7LL Contact: Kathy Bonniface 01808 511740

SWT North of Scotland Group

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Welcome to the North of Scotland Group. We cover the largest area of any Group and have some of the most dramatic and wild landscape in Scotland including the Trust's Living Landscape at Ben Mor Coigach.

Reserves

Abbreviations Key: See the appropriate Continent Page (or Country Page of those used on country sub-divisions)

FC Blackmuir Wood

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If you walk through ther wood and up onto Knockfarril hill this will give the visitor a good chance of watching the Red Kite…

FC Culloden Wood

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This local woodland consists mainly of conifer trees such as Scots Pine, Norway & Sitka Spruce and Douglas Fir, of which there are several huge examples here in Culloden Wood. Broadleaved trees are retained throughout the forest during all operations, and Beech, Alder and Birch are planted to enhance the conservation and landscape value of the area…

FC Daviot Wood

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Look out for Siskins, Crested tit, Crossbill and the Common Buzzard, souring majestically above the forest…

FC Glenmore Forest Park

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Glenmore Forest Park lies at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. It’s a great place to see what makes the National Park so special: forests that have been growing for centuries form a green sea around high, rounded mountains, and lochs with sandy beaches glitter in the sun. Rare wildflowers and birds thrive among the trees – much of the forest park is a National Nature Reserve.

FC Inshriach & Inshriach Forest

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The woodland in the heart of Glenfeshie is dotted with boggy pools, rich in insect life, while red squirrel, pine marten, crested tit and crossbill all make the trees their home. Beyond the shelter of the forest, dotterel, ptarmigan and mountain hare cope wit

FC Lael Forest Garden

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In the 19th century tree hunters travelled the world collecting rare seed and planting them in arboreta – specialist tree collections – like this one. Spend some time in the exotic freshness of this extraordinary woodland and enjoy making your own discoveries.

FC Ord Hill

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Some folk reckon this is the best viewpoint in Inverness. Trails wander through open, mixed forest, with wonderful views over the Moray and Beauly Firths. The sunset over Craig Phadrig can be spectacular!

FC Reelig Glen

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Reelig Glen is a narrow, steep-sided gorge, cut by the rushing waters of the Moniack. The woodland is a mixture of old conifer and broadleaved trees, but its real glory is a stand of Douglas Fir trees that are well over 100 years old. They soar above you to a height of about 170 feet (50 metres). The burn gives an opportunity to spot Dippers and Grey Wagtails.

FC Slattadale

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Half way between Gairloch and Kinlochewe, you can stroll beneath the trees and picnic by Loch Maree, with superb views across the water to the mountains of Letterewe. Black Throated Divers can be seen on the Loch.

FC Torrachilty Forest

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Huge forest, mostly spruce & pine but with some native broadleaves which make for interesting colour in autumn. Thought to be home to wildcats, otters & pine martens - so look carefully and you may see something special. Contin car park gives access to 3 walking trails & Rogie Falls another 4. Careful on the Rogie falls footbridge. Here there is a chance to spot Crossbill, Crested Tit and Buzzard…

NNR Abernethy

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Home to some of Scotland's most spectacular wildlife, Abernethy is a dramatic and awe-inspiring place. A fragile mosaic of ancient Caledonian pinewood, moorland, bog and mountain plateau, this reserve really has something for everyone. Look out for some of the pinewood residents, like the fast moving red squirrel or the restless flitting of a yellow siskin. Or head for Loch Garten and watch its most famous summer visitors, the imposing ospreys nesting high in the tree tops.

NNR Ariundle Oakwood

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This now-peaceful woodland is a rare surviving fragment of the native oak woods that once spread along the Atlantic coast from Spain to Norway. Ariundle is a treasure house of primitive plants with a huge diversity of mosses, lichens, liverworts and ferns growing over the damp woodland floor. These are fascinating reminders of some of the earliest forms of vegetation on Earth. The woodland is also home to rare and beautiful butterflies and dragonflies.

NNR Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands

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With a cluster of mountain peaks, ancient pinewoods, secretive crossbills and soaring golden eagles, it's no wonder that Beinn Eighe was Britain's first National Nature Reserve. From a distance the pale scree slopes on the mountain-side look like barren fields of snow, but get up close and you'll be amazed by the diversity of wildlife that thrives on this reserve. Take advantage of the trail network here that offers something for everyone, whatever the weather.

NNR Ben Wyvis

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A constant brooding presence on the skyline, the mountain of Ben Wyvis is a local personality. Stand on the summit and you'll feel like you're on the roof of the world, with the Highlands ranged beneath your feet. The mossy cover on The Ben's summit hides many secrets, including summer nesting dotterel and the pure white of a winter-clothed ptarmigan. On the lower slopes there's a unique mix of plants adapted to the harsh conditions of this mighty mountain.

NNR Corrieshalloch Gorge

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The sheer-sided spectacle of Corrieshalloch Gorge carries the river Droma down a series of thundering falls nearly 100 metres towards Strath Broom. This extraordinary natural feature is relatively easy to reach from the road and the heart-stopping highlight of any visit is to cross the gorge via the swaying suspension bridge.

NNR Creag Meagaidh

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From the wild and windswept mountain plateau to a woodland that's slowly finding its feet again, Creag Meagaidh feels like the Highlands compressed into one nature reserve. Rare mountain plants like woolly willow and highland saxifrage battle against the elements, whilst black grouse flourish in the combination of woodland and open moorland.

NNR Glen Affric

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Glen Affric is a magical mix of native pinewoods, glistening lochs and haunting moorland. You can wander amongst the pine trees, feeling the springy carpet of needles beneath your feet, accompanied by the chirpy calls of woodland birds. Elsewhere you might encounter ospreys, secretive otters or quietly serene red- and black-throated divers. Come in autumn and you'll be inspired by the mosaic of colour and the echoing roar of red deer stags.

NNR Invereshie and Inshriach

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Perched on the edge of the Cairngorm plateau, twisted and gnarled pines mark your passage from peaceful pinewood to exposed mountain as you explore this reserve. Red squirrel, pine marten, crested tit and crossbill all make this expanding wood their home, along with buzzing insect life in the boggy areas. Up on the mountain plateau, battered by the wind and snow, look for the resilient dotterel, ptarmigan and mountain hare.

NP Cairngorms National Park

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The Cairngorms was made a National Park in September 2003 because it is a unique and special place that needs to be cared for - both for the wildlife and countryside it contains and for the people that live in it, manage it and visit it. It is Britain's largest national Park…

RSPB Corrimony

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Set in stunning moorland and Caledonian forest, Corrimony is a treasure trove for anyone who loves birds. In fact, this beautiful reserve is visited by some of the UK's finest, ranging from black grouse to Scottish crossbills, crested tits to soaring golden eagles.

RSPB Fairy Glen

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In a hidden glen, not far from Inverness, this small and steep-sided reserve is a magical broadleaf woodland. Follow the winding footpath to discover beautiful waterfalls, while keeping an eye out for buzzards circling overhead or a grey heron stalking fish along the glittering stream.

RSPB Forsinard Flows

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Also known as the Flow Country, Fosinard Flows is a vast expanse of blanket bog, sheltered straths and mountains. It's one of Scotland's most important natural treasures and the reserve extends more than 21,000 hectares. The RSPB has been working to protect the landscape here for more than 20 years.

RSPB Glenborrodale

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On the shore of Loch Sunart on the west coast of Scotland, the rugged Ardnamurchan peninsula is home to wood warblers, redstarts and spotted flycatchers. Embark on a guided walk and you might be lucky enough to see an otter or a seal frolicking along the shore.

RSPB Insh Marshes

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The Insh Marshes covers 10 square kilometres of the River Spey floodplain between Kingussie and Kincraig in Badenoch and Strathspey. It is said to be one of the most important wetland areas in Europe, supporting populations of breeding waders including curlew, lapwing, redshank and snipe.

RSPB Loch Garten

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Abernethy is ancient, wild and immeasurably special. Reaching from the River Nethy to the top of Ben Macdui (Britain’s second highest mountain), it boasts ancient Caledonian pineforest, sweeping moorland, vital wetland and dramatic mountains. Not to mention the world-famous Loch Garten Osprey Centre.

RSPB Loch Ruthven

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This remote and tranquil loch is pretty as a picture, surrounded by birch woodlands and heather-clad hills. The water here is fringed with sedge beds, making it one of the best places in the UK to see breeding Slavonian grebes and black-throated divers.

RSPB Nigg Bay

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Nigg Bay is an vast area of mudflat, saltmarsh and wet grassland on the Cromarty Firth. In 2003, part of the sea wall was breached to increase the size of the saltmarsh and it now attracts graceful pintails, pink-footed geese and wintering wigeons.

RSPB Tollie Red Kites

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With stunning views across Easter Ross to Ben Wyvis, Tollie Red Kites provides close-up views of our most graceful bird of prey. See volunteers feed the birds every day from a specially-converted farmstead building, an ongoing partnership between RSPB Scotland and the Brahan Estate. The last 800m to the site is along farm tracks.

RSPB Udale Bay

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This peaceful intertidal bay on the Black Isle is winter home to thousands of waders, ducks and geese. In the autumn, big flocks of migrating wigeons gather in the bay to feed on abundant eelgrass. Ospreys are frequently seen during the summer, fishing in the bay.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Aigas Field Centre

Tour Operator

For over 40 years, Aigas has been offering fully inclusive, small-group learning holidays and study courses exploring the stunning wildlife, habitats and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. Our unique facilities, quality of service and knowledge are second to none.

Birding Ecosse

Tour Operator

There are many bird watching tour companies and indeed birding tour guides in the Highlands of Scotland, so why should you book a trip with Birding Ecosse? Well what we offer is more than just a Birding Tour, we offer life long memories.

ebirder

Tour Operator

ebirder is a small, specialist photography company run by Marcus Conway. He has been running photography tours since 2005 across the Scottish Highlands and Islands

Heatherlea Birdwatching Services

Tour Operator

Every birdwatcher loves the special birds of the Scottish Highlands. Capercaillie, Ptarmigan, Golden Eagle, Dotterel, Scottish Crossbill, Osprey, Crested Tit, Blackcock at the lek, Divers and Grebes in breeding plumage… the list goes on and on! Heatherlea organise birdwatching holidays in Strathspey throughout the year, and we think this gives us an unbeatable knowledge of the area and its bird life. Our expert guides use first-hand local knowledge, and our wide range of contacts help us find the birds that others simply won't see.

Hebridean Island Cruises

Cruises

The unique and elegant way to cruise - Hebridean Princess and Hebridean's European River Cruises…

Highland Nature - John Poyner

Tour Operator & Guiding

Professional Birding & Wildlife Guide Service based in the Scottish Highlands. Based in Nethybridge at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park along with my wife Lucka, and sons Mattias and Jakub, I work as a professional Tour Guide and freelance Field Ornithologist. For the past twelve years I have led many tours for two of Scotland's leading Wildlife Holiday companies, both in Scotland and abroad, while undertaking survey work between this and during winter months…

Highland Wildlife & Birdwatch Safaris

Tour Operator

Golden Eagles soaring in secluded glens... Osprey fishing over picturesque lochs... Crested Tits and Crossbills flitting amongst caledonian pines... Dippers bobbing on rocks in crystal clear rivers... Red Deer on the hillside... Red Squirrels in the forest... rare Grebes and Divers in striking summer plumage...

Puffin Express

Tour Operator

I specialize in private day-tours from Inverness - "The Capital of the Highlands", especially to Orkney in the Northern Isles, with an emphasis on prehistoric sites.

Speyside Wildlife

Tour Operator

Our holidays are just that - holidays. We’ll try to squeeze in as many exciting activities as we can, but still give you completely relaxed enjoyment, so that you can ‘switch off’ for the week. We pride ourselves on our high level of personal attention, but we won’t race around in pursuit of big lists. Our guides’ enthusiasm is infectious and whether you are a beginner or more experienced, young or old, we are happy to take time so you can enjoy the wildlife on a Speyside Wildlife experience to the full.

The Birdwatching and Wildlife Club

Tour Operator

Birding and wildlife breaks in the Cairngorms. Millions of people now enjoybird and wildlife watching. For some it’s a consuming passion. For others it is just an excuse for a good walk…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2009 [05 May] - Mark Finn

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…Summer migrants were generally thin on the ground although excellent views were obtained of Common Redstart and Wood Warbler. In Wester Ross and Sutherland we were treated to exceptional views of Great Northern, Red-throated and Black-throated Divers and returning Great and Arctic Skuas on Handa Island…

2009 [10 October] - Mark Finn

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…Unusual and scarce species were in short supply although Whooper Swans, Greater Scaup and Pink-footed Geese had arrived earlier than expected. During the week we had exceptional views of Red Grouse, Rock Ptarmigan, White-tailed Eagles, Velvet and Common Scoters and a host of the more common species…

2010 [05 May] - Mark Finn

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…Along the coast we visited the seabird cliffs of Handa along with Great and Arctic Skuas and further north in Durness where we found a pair of Garganey and two lingering Black-tailed Godwits of the islandica race. In the woodlands and forests we observed Crested Tit, Common and Scottish Crossbills, Wood Warblers and all too brief views of Capercaillie….

2010 [09 September] - Mark Finn

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…Off Wester Ross two groups of Black-throated Divers numbering 55 birds was a highlight for many. In the same area Grey Phalaropes and a wide selection of seabirds. Black Grouse at Corrimony was another highlight as was the sheer number of terns at Burghead which may be a record count for Moray…

2011 [06 June] - Peter Welch - Handa Island

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In late June I was fortunate to be able to take some leave whilst in the far north of Scotland and after studying Gordon Hamlett’s excellent guidebook and doing some research, decided the best plan would be to visit the Island of Handa…

Places to Stay

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Altnaharra Hotel

Accommodation

Situated 21 miles north of Lairg and 17 miles south of the north coast village of Tongue, on the A836. Whilst this is primarily for anglers it does say It is also a birdwatchers paradise with the full range of birds of prey including osprey and golden eagle as well as waterfowl such as divers, swans and ducks. Game-birds are plentiful too. Other animals to see are otters, deer, roe buck, seals, rabbits, foxes, badgers and the occasional pine marten.

Beechwood Lodge

Accommodation

Beechwood Lodge offers confortable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the small village of Ardross in Easter Ross in the Northern Highlands of Scotland.

Dunallan House - Grantown on Spey

Accommodation

Dunallan is a splendid example of Victorian elegance, oozing with the charm of a bygone era. Original period fireplaces in the residents lounge and dining rooms exude extra warmth to cheer you on those cooler evenings. Beautiful cornice work, pitched and Oregon pine woodwork and magnificent stained glass windows also feature in this lovely Highland villa.

Eagle Brae

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The immediate area surrounding Eagle Brae is a bird watching haven. Most British raptors are present locally, especially golden eagle, osprey, red kite, merlin, buzzard, hen harrier, sparrow hawk, kestrel, peregrine falcon, barn owl and tawny owl.

Hoki Mai Cottage

Accommodation

Hoki Mai means “keep coming back” and reflects a New Zealand heritage. Our holiday cottage in Glenborrodale, on the west coast of Scotland, is surrounded by beautiful woodland of larch, rowan, oak, birch and rhododendron. It is located in over an acre of ground and has a sunny south facing aspect with views to the surrounding hills and Loch Sunart. Wildlife abounds with red deer and pine martens as regular visitors to the garden. White tailed sea-eagles from Mull are sometimes to be seen. Telephone Colin George: 01786 831054…

Insh House Guest House - Nr. Kingussie

Accommodation

With views to the Monadhliath and Cairngorm Mountains, Insh House is at the edge of an extensive birchwood which now forms part of the RSPB Insh Marshes Reserve and only a few hundred yards from Loch Insh and its extensive watersport activities.

Lazy Duck Hostel - Nethybridge

Accommodation

Location - have a look at our maps of Nethybridge and Strathspey. Find us by the Fhuarain burn & waterfowl ponds in a 3 acre forest clearing homestead, 300 metres off the Nethybridge to Tomintoul road, at the village boundary. OS map Landranger Series Sheet 36 Grid reference 016204. Sheltered by pine trees we look south across a neighbouring 100 acre grazing moor of heather, Caledonian pine, birch, rowan and juniper to Cairngorm (1245m) and Bynack (1090m) just 9 miles away. Nearest neighbours – aylesburies - chiloe wigeon – mandarin - red billed and bahama pintails - brecon buffs – then roe deer – a family of red squirrels – and (rare but there) crested tit & capercaillie.

Mount View Hotel - Nethybridge

Accommodation

Located in Nethybridge in the heart of Speyside - Heatherlea Birdwatching and The Mountview Hotel are the ideal choice for your group holiday. We cater for groups of two to twenty, and can offer you a full range of services.

Mounteagle Self-catering Cottages

Accommodation

4-star Luxury self-catering accomodations on the beautiful Mounteagle Estate. Buntings to bullfinches, linnet to lapwing, songthrush to skylark and siskin - feathered friends too numerous to mention take up residence at Mounteagle and Loch Eye. Whooper swans in their hundreds glide effortlessly across the loch…

Rhiconich Hotel

Accommodation

At the head of Loch Inchard on the beautiful North West Coast of the Scottish Highlands. Close proximity of wonderful wildlife; Golden Eagles seen soaring in pairs and deer on the hill. They are close to the Scottish Wildlife Trusts Handa Isle Bird Sanctuary where Sea Birds flock in their thousands to nest on the cliffs and the great stack…

Tom-na-Creige B&B - Nr fort William

Accommodation

A family run B&B with stunning views over Loch Linnhe- an ideal base for the keen bird watcher…

Blogs

Andy Williams - Pelagic Birder

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Last updated 2016 - Pelagic birding work voyages/local patch & occasional twitch birding news…

Dave Slater - Birding Ecosse

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Welcome to the Birding Ecosse blog, if it is your first visit then thank you very much for dropping in, if you were a regular to my old blog then thank you for updating your bookmarks!

David Whitaker - Highland Diary

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Getting close enough to reliably get pictures of wild Golden Eagles is something that requires more than a little effort on the part of the photographer...

Marcus Conway - eBirder

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ebirder is a small, specialist photography company run by Marcus Conway. He has been running photography tours since 2005 across the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Other Links

East Ayton Birding

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Photographers & Artists

Photographer - David Whitaker

Gallery

Thank you for visiting my Web site, which I hope has given you a taste of the wild side of Highland Scotland. Feel free to contact me. I will meet requests for information where I can. Unfortunately, I can not answer questions regarding the specific wildlife sites where my pictures were obtained. Many of these were on private land and a number of the rarer species featured on my site are protected by UK law.

Photographer - Neil McIntyre

Gallery

Being based in Strathspey in the Scottish Highlands makes it ideal for me to make the most of the fantastic scenery and wildlife that surrounds me. Over the years I have concentrated on many of the local species…