DAY 1: Saturday – welcome, dinner and briefing. Don’t forget our courtesy collection service from Aviemore.
DAY 2: Sunday – a morning in the Abernethy Forest to look for Crested Tit and Scottish (Parrot) Crossbill, plus Osprey, Dipper, Goldeneye, Red Grouse, Blackthroated Diver, Lesser Redpoll, Peregrine, a host of breeding waders and Slavonian Grebe.
DAY 3: Monday – optional early start to see Black Grouse at the lek, then north to explore coastal haunts, to see a range of breeding birds including Osprey, Eider, Goosander, Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, Corn Bunting, and Grey Partridge.
DAY 4: Tuesday – we head west, looking for Black Grouse, Black Guillemot, Common Seal and Hooded Crow as we go, to Mull to find White-tailed Eagle and Golden Eagle, found here at their highest densities in the UK, plus Hen Harrier and Short-eared Owl.
DAY 5: Wednesday – at this time our private estate woodlands often produce hen Capercaillie, and cock birds are more active now, too.
DAY 6: Thursday – a full day on the scenic Cairngorm plateau, as we look for Ptarmigan and Dotterel, both perhaps with young. Snow Bunting may also be seen.
DAY 7: Friday – often a round-up day, OR we'll head to the West Coast, for White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hooded Crow, Twite and Cuckoo, plus breeding plumage Great Northern Diver and Black Guillemot.
DAY 8: Saturday – breakfast and departure. Don’t forget our courtesy return service to Aviemore. For a full itinerary, visit birdwatching.co.uk/highlandsreaderholiday