Autumn Wildlife in the Cairngorms

Autumn has a special feel, with the trees changing colour and roaring stags plus migration in full swing. Enjoy the whole variety of Scotland’s wildlife; local specialities such as Crested Tit and Scottish Crossbill, plus eagles, divers, exciting mammals and excellent birding on the Moray Coast and West Coast where wintering seaduck and geese are arriving in numbers. Staying at a delightful Country House Hotel near Grantown-on-Spey, with minibus transport and generally easy walking with one longer walk in the mountains.

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Day 1Arrive in time for dinner and a chat about our plans for the coming week. 7 nights at Kinross Guest House
Days 2-7Wildlife and birdwatching exploration including Abernethy Forest, Dava Moor, the Cairngorms, the Moray Firth and
West Coast
Day 8After breakfast we say our farewells and depart

WalkingMost walks are 1-2 miles on wide sandy tracks, although there is the possibility of a forest walk of up to 4 miles We take groups in to the Cairngorms to see Ptarmigan, therefore it will be necessary to take a walk on paths over uneven and occasionally undulating rocky terrain. Low-level unguided alternatives are available.
Walking boots will be needed on the holiday and walking poles helpful
WeatherThe weather can vary enormously. Snow can occur in the mountains at any season with sunny warm weather also possible. During a typical week in autumn we would expect to experience mixed sun and showers with temperatures in the range 8-18ºC. You may want to bring sunscreen
InsectsBiting midges are rare at this time of year.
MealsAll included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.
AccomDouble, twin and single rooms ensuite or with private facilities at a country house hotel


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