Trip report: Scotland and Ireland (June 2016)

Guided by Charley Hesse. This was a set departure tour.

If anywhere combines culture, scenery and wildlife beautifully it is Scotland, and we sampled a good amount of each on this tour. We started by exploring the Scottish Highlands with its spectacular mountains, pine forests and lochs, which held Eurasian Dotterel, Rock Ptarmigan, Crested Tit and Slavonian Grebe. Some of us had a late night visit to a viewing blind where we found ourselves just a few feet away from European Badgers and Pine Martens. Next we moved on to the Outer Hebrides, where we spent 3 days enjoying more stunning scenery along with the threatened Corn Crake, Golden Eagle and countless breeding shorebirds. We finished our Scotland tour on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsular where we visited a malt whisky distillery. Our Emerald Isle extension began in Northern Island with a visit to the World Heritage site of Giant’s Causeway, then on to Dublin and the Wicklow Mountains National Park with its ancient monasteries and finally to the rural West Coast where we visited the world famous Cliffs of Moher with its thousands nesting seabirds. This tour certainly caters for people who want to see more than just the birds.

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