READER HOLIDAY: Join us for some fabulous birding in the SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS this autumn…

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Autumn in Scotland means rich wildlife potential in a gloriously colourful countryside, and you can join the Bird Watching magazine team for an exclusive trip from 23 October to 28 October 2022

Bird Watching magazine editor Matthew Merritt and assistant editor Mike Weedon will be joined by Scottish birding aficionado and UKBS editor Gordon Hamlett, to lead a week of wildlife-watching, based at the lovely 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 Snow Bunting and possible Ptarmigan; Strathdearn, for eagles and other raptors, and Moray Firth sites, such as Burghead and the Black Isle for wildfowl (including sea ducks), divers, grebes and waders. We’ll also look for Black and Red Grouse near to Grantown. And, 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 and wonderful place.


This five-day break is held in partnership with Bird Watching and includes:
 Five nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast
 En suite rooms 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 
 No single supplement 
 Leaders: Matt Merritt, Mike Weedon, Gordon Hamlett, Chris Hamlett

Please note: A car is essential on this break, although we arrange car-sharing where possible on a day-to-day basis

Bird Watching subscribers 
Standard Room £579 per person, dinner bed and breakfast; Superior Room 
£674pp DBB

Bird Watching non-subscribers
Standard Room £610pp DBB , Superior Room £705pp DBB
Extra nights: BW subscribers £128pp per night DBB standard room, £148 superior; non-subscribers £135pp per night DBB standard room, £156pp per night DBB superior

No deposit required, but card details required to secure the booking
Excludes: Transport, lunches, alcoholic drinks, soft drinks


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