Peak birdwatching season in the Highlands

Scotland is a destination much associated with the great outdoors, and of course up around the Scottish Highlands, we have a wonderful array of wildlife and stunning bird species almost on our doorstep. During lockdown, many of us have explored new hobbies and the interest in birdwatching has been growing year on year, so why not head up to Grantown on Spey, and stay with us at the Ben Mhor Hotel this Spring to indulge your love of birdwatching.

Spring is a fabulous season to escape for a special break with us. We are well located to access some amazing nature reserves and parks, that offer the perfect surroundings for spotting some of Scotland’s most elusive and rare species of birds and birds of prey. Get up close and personal with rare birds and be wowed by magnificence of birds of prey such as ospreys.

Here are some of our suggested nature reserves and parks for birdwatching within easy driving distance of the Ben Mhor Hotel.

Nethy Bridge – The Forest Village 10 minutes by car

Abernethy Nature reserve and forest is as ancient as you can imagine. It is open from 10am to 4pm up to March 31st, and then from 9.30am to 5.30pm during the summer months. This area is well known for osprey viewing, and the RSPB reserve at Loch Garten is the place you are most likely to see ospreys nesting or even feeding their newborns.

Craigellachie National Nature Reserve 25 minutes by car

The wow factor is big here, with the sound of birdsong, stunning views, and four peaceful walking trails just waiting to be discovered. If you visit in Spring, you are most likely to hear and see the willow warbler and on a good day you may catch a glimpse of the peregrine falcon.

One thing is for certain, May / June is one of THE best times to visit us if you want to enjoy the amazing morning chorus of birdsong. The town of Grantown on Spey is looking fresh, our hotel is feeling fine, and we have rooms ready for your arrival starting from only £30.00 per night rom only based on 2 sharing.