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Fancy a birding trip to the Scottish Highlands with The Biggest Twitch?

22nd - 26th September 2012

We'd love you to join us for a short break to beautiful Speyside where we will be surrounded by some of the very best wildlife watching areas in the Scottish highlands.

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Iconic Red Squirrel



On our tour to this dramatic part of the world, we will visit some of the most reknowned bird- and wildlife-watching sites in the UK. We will visit the famous RSPB reserve at Loch Garten to look for the elusive Capercaillie where Crested Tits are also resident in these ancient pine forests and red squirrels are regularly encountered. We will also visit nearby lochs where we may see a late Osprey fishing, always a spectacular sight. We will also visit the beautiful Findhorn valley nearby, which is famous for its Golden Eagles and large numbers of red deer. On another day we may take the train to the top of Cairngorm Mountain to admire the spectacular views, clouds permitting, and may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the elusive Ptarmigan.

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Red Grouse family watching us watching them



Of course, as well as Red Squirrels and Red Deer, this area also has some other charismatic mammals and we hope to encounter these on our tour. On one evening, we will visit a hide where badgers regularly come in to feed and with luck perhaps a pine martin will put in an appearance too. We will also visit a nearby estuary where Bottlenose Dolphins are regularly seen very close inshore as they chase the fish in the shallow waters.

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Pine Martin visiting the feeding station, photo by Brian Burnett taken on our Biggest Twitch trip to Speyside earlier this year



We are sure you will love the area with its wild scenery and spectacular wildlife. We will be staying in a lovely, traditional hotel we have used before, which has comfortable rooms and offers excellent breakfasts and evening meals focusing on local produce. As we know first-hand, the bar also has a wonderful selection of single malt whiskies from around Speyside and beyond, so we may enjoy a wee dram or two in the evening!

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The famous Findhorn Valley, home to Golden Eagles



The dates: 22nd - 26th September 2012

Our tour includes: 4 nights’ en suite accommodation in a double or twin room on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (no single supplement), lunches each day, transport throughout the trip from agreed pick-up point, all entrance fees and special tours, use of our field guide and Leica telescopes, 5 days’ guiding with both Biggest Twitch guides, individual checklists.

The price for this tour is £850 per person.

The price does not include: Alcoholic drinks, individual travel insurance, any items of a personal nature.

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The perky Crested Tit


To reserve your place on this tour or for more details, please email us on info@thebiggesttwitch.com.

We look forward to hearing from you and sharing Speyside’s fabulous wildlife with you!


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