I've just finished two sold out winter wildlife tours based here on The Black Isle. Our twelve guests were treated to fine Highland hospitality, typically wintry Highland weather and a long list of sightings and photographs. The highlights of the trip were red squirrels and crested tit at our own forest locations, red deer stags in the glens and marvellous mountain hares!
We also had great sightings of golden eagle, buzzard, red kite, sparrow hawk, geese, swans, forest birds, dippers and so much more.
The 2017 tour is now open for bookings with only four of the six places remaining. Please contact me for more details on how to book and have a wee read of what some of this years guests made of the trip.
Helen W... "Your winter wildlife tour was absolutely wonderful - the opportunity to see and photograph such beautiful animals and birds was incredibly special. Yourself and Terry were very helpful and supportive (and, of course, entertaining!), going that extra step by setting up our trail-cams to give us the added bonus of pine marten footage. Your taking the time to ensure I got good views of the mountain hares was so very much appreciated. The hotel was very comfortable, the food delicious and the staff very friendly and welcoming. There is honestly nothing that I would change about it and I certainly hope to return next year (armed with a joke book!)..."
Neil N. "...I would like to extend my personal thanks to both yourself and Terry for the warm hospitality, help and quality of the Winter Wildlife Tour we received from you.I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it even when Storm Henry put a spanner in the works we saw first hand what a harsh and unforgiving environment it is for the wildlife up there.
Everything you guys arranged for us ran seamlessly and I actually thought that you had been working with larger groups for some time instead of that being your first, larger group tour, very professional indeed.
The accommodation, food and service was also excellent and also its location, just couldn't fault it at all!
Photography wise, again couldn't fault it, That woodland setting for the squirrels and cresties is just beautiful and I can see the huge amount of work that has gone into making it so productive,
All target species were achieved by all of us and that alone says the quality of the tour was top notch.
As you probably guessed that day on the mountain with the hares was the absolute highlight for me personally, It's taken me four years to get what I have been after so again a massive thanks for helping me achieve that..."
Tracey L described her day on the hills saying "...that Golden Eagle certainly was a superb finish to what was the best photography day I have ever done (and thats a lot)...what a great week..." Tracey also sent me this superb hare image.
I'll write a full blog on the tours soon and hope to include further images from our guests.