Join us for a weekend of winter bird watching in the Galloway Glens, a unique part of the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. This area hosts a variety of birds over the winter months. Your local expert guide will be able to take you to the best spots for sightings during the trip. We would hope to see Greenland White-Fronted Geese as well as many other wintering species. Whooper Swans are also common and you can get some spectacular close up views of Red Kites feeding. We’ll also keep our eyes peeled for Willow Tit as well as the ever-popular Red Squirrel.
Your weekend will start on Friday afternoon when you will arrive and check in at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a stroll around the harbour town of Kirkcudbright and browse the range of art galleries. You will then meet your guide and the rest of your group for a 3-course dinner followed by a short talk. As the weekend will fall close to Robert Burns’ birthday you can expect a bit of a Scottish twist on our menu for Friday night.
Saturday morning after a hearty breakfast we will depart by minibus for the first site of the day. The hotel will provide packed lunches and we will plan our route according to the weather and current locations of the birds.
Returning to the hotel after an inspiring day of bird sightings you will have some time to relax before another enjoyable evening meal. We will follow this with a talk from the South of Scotland Golden Eagle project who will give an update on their efforts to reintroduce eagles to this part of Scotland.
Enjoy another fabulous breakfast on Sunday morning before we head out again for some final opportunities for bird watching. We will return to the hotel for a light lunch before you depart for home.