Join us to enjoy a two week trip to one of the most scenic parts of the world, discovering the birds and wildlife of Scotland’s rugged coastal islands and remote highlands. With seasonally pleasant climate, June is a wonderful time to experience resident and migratory species breeding in diverse habitats.
An exciting journey through the Inner Hebrides highlights seven beautiful islands, Skye, Eigg, Muck, Mull, Staffa, Lunga and Iona. Multiple ferry rides provide great opportunities to see some outstanding wildlife, such as Minke Whale, Grey and Common Seal, Otter, Manx Shearwater, Northern Gannets, Fulmars and Kittiwake. White-tailed Eagles soar over the western isles, while marauding skuas hunt for puffins, Razorbills, and Black Guillemots. On Iona we will hope to catch a glimpse of the secretive Corncrake.
In the famed Scottish Highlands we’ll explore rugged glens and vast moorlands from our base in the beautiful Spey Valley. The ancient Caledonian pinewoods are home to Britain’s only endemic bird, the Scottish Crossbill, along with Crested Tit, and Capercaillie, the largest grouse in the world. On the Cairngorms mountain plateau we’ll take an extended walk in search of our targets, Ptarmigan and Dotterel. Secluded lochs harbor stunning breeding plumaged Horned Grebe, Red-throated and Black-throated Loons. Rolling moorlands feature Golden Plover, Hen Harriers, Short-eared Owls and Red Grouse, while Red Kites are well-established on the Black Isle.
We will experience spectacular scenery, a wide variation in weather conditions, moderate walking and about 130 species of birds during our wonderful trip to Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and Highlands.