The Watcher

September 2017 Edition

Itís all change this month, with autumn now well under way we bid farewell to our summer visitors and look forward to seeing our wintering birds back again. 

August 2017 Edition

This month sees the hills begin to be bathed in a flush of pink as the Heather (ling) begins to bloom. The richer purple Bell Heather has been in flower for some time now but this is gradually replaced by the classic pink the moorlands are so famous for. It also signals the beginning of the end of summer, and already we are seeing waders appearing on the coasts, many now gone from inland. 

July 2017 Edition


With the Cairngorm Mountains, Monadliaths, Cromdale Hills, Speyside and Dava Ways on its doorstep, The Grant Arms Hotel at Grantown-on-Spey is the perfect base for a Walking Holiday. Itís not just the fifty refurbished rooms, the good food, the comfortable public areas and bar. Itís also things like the Drying Room, Boot Wash, Information Centre, Nature Library and the regular Programme of Walks and Talks which make the Grant Arms the perfect place to stay.

July 2017 Edition

As we move on in to July, with plenty of newly fledged young about, bird numbers at this time of year are at a peak. Wader chicks already growing rapidly in the fields and many birds well in to their second or even third clutches......

June 2017 Edition

The Swifts are busily wheeling around Grantown now so it must be summer!  They actually nest in the hotel roof so you will be greeted by their evocative screams from dusk to dawn.  

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VALENTINES BREAK Sunday 11th - Thursday 15th February 2018

Treat your loved one to a wildlife break for Valentines.  Package includes a romantic evening Dinner on Valentines Day as well as guided walks and trips with our wildlife guides.  From £310pp 

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