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Join the Bird Watching team for a spectacular spring wildlife break

April 9-14, 2017

Spring in Scotland means rich wildlife potential amidst rugged beauty, and you can join us there for an exclusive trip from April 9-14, 2017.

Bird Watching magazine editor Matthew Merritt and assistant editor Mike Weedon will be joined by UKBS editor, and Scottish birding aficionado, Gordon Hamlett to lead a week of wildlife watching, based at the Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown-on-Spey.

The hotel boasts high quality en-suite rooms and traditional Scottish fare prepared with local ingredients, and while it takes care of bed, breakfast and dinner; we’ll provide optional guided walks, expert tips, bird quizzes, films and evening talks.

From our Highland location we’ll be within easy reach of sites such as Glenmore Forest Park, for Crested Tits and Crossbills; the Cairngorms, for Ptarmigan and possible Snow Bunting; and the Findhorn Valley, for eagles and other raptors. There’ll also be the chance to visit Moray Firth sites such as Burghead and Spey Bay for wildfowl (including sea ducks), divers, grebes and waders.

We’ll look for Red and Black Grouse and Capercaillie, too (see page 34 for a special feature on Capercaillie) in the forests and moors around Grantown.

As well as the great birdlife, there’ll be the chance to see dolphins, Red Squirrels, Red Deer, Otter, Mountain Hare, and maybe even Pine Marten.

The Grant Arms Hotel is home to the Birdwatching and Wildlife Club and its expert staff will be on hand to guide you to the best areas, offer local knowledge and seasonal tips if you prefer to organise your own time. It’s perfect for birdwatchers of all levels and a great way to meet like-minded people, share tips and make the most of this incredible time of year.


This five-day break is held in partnership with Bird Watching and includes:

* Five nights dinner, bed and breakfast
* Ensuite rooms are equipped with hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, TV and toiletries
* Gala dinner
* Programme of evening talks and quizzes by Bird Watching’s Matt Merritt, Mike Weedon and Gordon Hamlett
* Guided walks
* Films and entertainment
* No single supplement

Please note: a car is essential on this break.

Leaders: Matthew Merritt, Mike Weedon and Gordon Hamlett

Cost: Bird Watching subscribers

Standard Room £335 dinner bed and breakfast, per person

Superior Room £410 DBB, pp

Cost: Bird Watching non-subscribers

Standard Room £370 DBB pp

Superior Room £445 DBB pp

Extra nights: BW subscribers £71pp per night DBB standard room, £86 superior; non-subscribers £78pp per night DBB standard room, £93 pp per night DBB superior.

Excludes: Transport, lunch and alcoholic drinks

Book now: Call 01479 872526, visit, email

SMALL PRINT:BWWC Ltd, 25 The Square, Grantown on Spey, PH26 3HF. All programmes, talks, walks and rooms subject to availability and liable to change without notice.