Grantown on Spey, set in the magical Cairngorms National Park will be the base for this fantastic trip into the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The base for the complete stay will be the amazing Grant Arms Hotel located in the Centre of Grantown https://www.grantarmshotel.com
The Grant Arms Hotel has changed a lot since Queen Victoria stayed here in 1860. Built in 1765 during the reign of King George III and situated in the Cairngorms National Park in Grantown on Spey, the Grant Arms Hotel is a traditional Scottish building, tastefully refurbished to provide thoroughly modern standards of comfort. The Grant Arms Hotel offers 50 en-suite bedrooms all with tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair dryer, colour TV, direct dial phone and free WiFi. Your stay at the Hotel will include Dinner, Bed and Breakfast and a packed Lunch each day.
The Hotel is the ideal place to start our daily ventures into the Cairngorms to search out and photograph iconic Winter species such as Mountain Hare, Ptarmigan, Red Squirrels, Red Deer, Crested Tit, Snow Buntings and whatever else we manage to find. The Hotel itself sits close to the banks of the River Spey and also has a lot of local wildlife that we will have time to wander out in search of. Indeed if you take a look at the following website, you will see this is a totally unique place to stay, and very much caters for Wildlife loving guests http://www.bwwc.co.uk
The programme for the tour is very flexible to take into account the weather conditions and wildlife, but it is hoped that we will be able to venture up onto the high tops in search of Mountain Hare and Ptarmigan, whilst looking out for Red Deer on the lower slopes and valley floors. One morning of the tour will be a session in Neil McIntyres Red Squirrel hide in Rothiemurchas Forest, there is no finer place to photograph Red squirrels in their natural forest environment. Plus we will also have a session in Gordon McLeods awesome Otter hide in Aviemore, with a purpose built pool built in front of a hide, meaning you will be photographing Otters feet away.
There will be a fair bit of walking on this tour, and you will require a decent level of fitness, as to reach the Hares and Ptarmigan in particular this will almost certainly require some hill walking.
Cost for the Tour is £995
To book a place on this tour a £100 deposit is required at this stage, to request a booking form please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
What is included
Accommodation at the Grant Arms Hotel…. including Dinner, Bed and Breakfast.
A morning session at Neil McIntyres Red Squirrel Hide
A session at Gordon McLeods Otter hide
Full guiding from Gary Jones
An evening Presentation by Gary Jones, this is open to external guests also.
Transport to and from the Grant Arms Hotel, and the duration of the tour from location to location, although car sharing can be arranged on site.
Accommodation required before or after the tour… you will have accommodation from the evening of Saturday 13th for 4 nights.
Personal, Travel and Equipment Insurance
Alcoholic Drinks and other items of personal use.