Hi All. My husband and I have decided to visit the Cairngorms this year for a wildlife and whisky trip this year(me for the wildlife and him for the whisky!)
I've never been there before and have done so much googling that my mind is now boggling! I know with wildlife there can be no guarantees but top of my wish list would be to see Crested Tit and Red Squirrel and anything else would be a bonus! I can't make my mind up whether it would be better to go mid to late March when I hear Crested Tits are more likely to come to feeders (because a photo would be nice!) or whether it would be better to go in June when there would be longer days and (hopefully) better weather.
My other quandary was whether to stay somewhere like Inverness where we could easily get a guided tour/trip out to save more driving (we have an eight/nine hour drive to get there) or whether it would be better to stay somewhere quieter like Grantown on Spey and just take ourselves off to various places - any suggestions welcome!
We will only have three or four full days there so any advice or ideas on must see places to go would be really appreciated. Thanks!
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Hello Christine and welcome to the site. I live up at the very top of Scotland in Caithness and have been to the RSPB centre and surrounding area twice. The first year we camped in Grantown on Spey (9.5 miles away) and the second time a rented cottage in Nethy Bridge (3.5miles away). Both places had hotels and accommodation. Nethy was a lovely little place with a lot of choice for rented places. The centre at LG is lovely, a beautiful loch and surrounding walks in the woodlands, with much bird life to see. I never saw any crested tits when visiting but have on the live webcam on the LG threads on here. I did see the lovely red squirrels though and of course not forgetting the Osprey, one of my very favourites our beloved EJ. They staff are very nice and full of information, the centre is good with lots of information, a window feeder on the patio doors and a large feeder outside where you can see the crested tits and lots of others birds and animals. Then you can go further afield and higher up in the Cairngorms and see other wildlife, black grouse, ptarmigan, white hares and others, we never did this, but have seen many TV programmes from the area. You will be able to google different trips/tours if you want to do that. From a place called Aviemore (10 miles away) you can take a trip up the Cairngorms to see the reindeer, that was lovely, not too difficult but you needed descent shoes and warm clothes, you get to be among them and feed them, if you fancied doing that. Many many distilleries with lovely whisky! So your other half should have plenty of choice! Others who have been in the area will hopefully provide more information, but hope this may be of some help.
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Slip on the keyboard Ian, now corrected. Am I missing something here (consider myself lucky you did not request the post be taken down)?!
I presume you are being funny and that it is in relation to the posts that were being deleted a few days ago, when in fact no one could see anything wrong with them?
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