Trip report: Scotland and Ireland (June 2018)

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

Scotland is an iconic destination featuring Britain’s highest mountains, picturesque lochs, ancient pine forests and fairy-tale castles. Although part of the United Kingdom, Scotland is a distinct nation and its people fiercely proud of its separate culture, long history and natural beauty. It features many birds and mammals difficult to find in the rest of the British Isles. Some of our highlights included Crested Tit and European Badger in the Caledonian pine forests, Horned Grebe at a Scottish loch, Willow & Rock Ptarmigans in the rugged Cairngorms, Eurasian Woodcock & Red Deer in the Findhorn Valley, Golden & White-tailed Eagles, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl and the globally threatened Corn Crake on the stunning Outer Hebrides, seabirds and sea mammals galore on our ferry crossings, and the fascinating White- throated Dipper at the base of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. On our Emerald Isle extension, we took in the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and scenic Northern Ireland coastline; then south across the invisible border to the Republic of Ireland, with the historical sights of Dublin, the ancient monastic site of Glendalough established by St Kevin, then across to the west coast and the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and its thousands of nesting seabirds. This relaxed tour was an impressive combination of stunning scenery, ancient history and natural wonder producing a very memorable trip.

FULL Scotland and Ireland June 2018 Trip Report (3.1 MB in pdf format)