Join us as we welcome back ospreys, cuckoos, wheatears, whinchats and many other summering birds.
Catch the end of the winter migrants, the grey geese and whooper swans as well as the early arrivals such as wheatear and willow warbler and hopefully ospreys too. But the real triumph will be the full breeding plumage and display behaviour of our residents - golden eagles, sea eagles, peregrines, red kites and divers.
Aigas - Arrival and time to settle in and explore the grounds and trails at Aigas. 126 bird species have been recorded here. This list includes 13 species of raptor and rare migrants like wryneck and green woodpecker. Sometimes there can be up to 4 ospreys fishing our loch. Buzzards mew over the moors often joined by red kites and croaking ravens.
Around your lodges the woods are alive with crossbills, siskins, greenfinches, goldcrests, spotted flycatchers, goldfinches, treecreepers, willow warblers and wood warblers. In the gloaming tawny owls begin to hoot, roe deer bark and badgers scuffle around. Pine martens may skip along your balcony rail searching for titbits.
Strathspey - We'll make an early departure to Strathspey in search of Capercaillie and after breakfast in a local hotel wander amongst the gnarled pines in search of pinewood specialists like crested tit and crossbill. We'll also be up early to visit a local Black Grouse lek.
The Black Isle peninsula is well known for the 1989 re-introduction of the red kite. There are now over 40 breeding pairs in the Highlands, the majority on the Black Isle. A mosaic of habitats surrounded by the Moray and Cromarty Firths, delivers an incredible wealth of waders and wildfowl with linnet, twite, redpoll and the tuneful skylark on headlands and beaches. We always search for our resident population of bottlenose dolphins cavorting and dancing in the tidal races at Chanonry Point.
Easter Ross - lies north east along the Cromarty Firth, with its oil rigs looming out of the water. Inquisitive seals laze on the rocks and the coast is busy with many waders. Tarbert Ness is an excellent viewpoint for waders, sea ducks, divers, auks and any passing migratory birds. We cross over the Dornoch Firth famed for its rolling sand banks to the inner estuary of Loch Fleet for common scoter, eider and many more waders.
Our Local Glens - We will spend this day exploring Affric, Cannich or Strathfarrar for crested tits, Scottish crossbills, great spotted woodpeckers and other woodland species. Sparrowhawks are seen jinking through the trees. Golden eagles often soar overhead and we will investigate a known eyrie. Many lochs and the river give us an ideal opportunity to find the elegant red and black-throated divers, scaup, whooper swans, common scoter, little grebe, red-breasted merganser, goosander and osprey, with dippers and grey wagtails on fast flowing streams.
Wester Ross - We go to search for the world’s fourth largest eagle and Britain’s rarest breeding raptor, the white tailed sea eagle. On our way we’ll aim to find fishing ospreys, and catch red kites circling over newly planted fields. The west is a rugged, rocky and harsh landscape, with menacing mountains framing the landscape. Fjord-like sea lochs provide an ideal habitat for many seabirds and sea ducks.
Final Sweep - This final day will be kept free to seek out those all important birds that have eluded us.
Aigas birdwatching holidays combine stunning scenery with fabulous birds and the warmest Highland welcome to produce the best wildlife encounters for you.
Aigas based holidays are all inclusive and no single supplement is charged. Read more here.
"The very special Aigas magic will draw me back with a magnetic pull to enjoy again more of it's countless wonders and natural beauty. The greatest wrench is having to leave but with the anticipation of next time to look forward to."
Peter Robinson, Summer Birds. More testimonials here.