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"Seeing Grizzly Bears, Bison and the two wolves really close in the Hayden Valley, what a wow moment!"
Ann Thitchener, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Birds, Bears, Beaver, Bisons and Beer! Amazing mountain scenery!"
Jenni & Keith Williamson, Yellowstone Spring 2015

"Seeing a bison corpse being devoured by a grizzly bear with a coyote and ravens in attendance and than joined by a bald eagle - pure magic!"

Sonia & Clive Adkin, Yellowstone Spring 2014

The best views we have had of Black Shouldered Kite, Montagus Harrier sky dancing and Spanish Imperial Eaglesand will be remembered forever."
Chris and Andy Mortimer, Extremadura 2015

"There were so many highlights - the gasp from my young son when he put his eye to the telescope and saw the eagle owl with its chick; watching two imperial eagles barking at a vulture as they dive bombed it; watching a male Great bustard displaying and then actually winning his female I could go on and on and on …"
Alex, Jess and Tom Rafinski, Extremadura 2014

"Seeing the Spanish Imperial Eagle, one mobbing a vulture and another with a Genet in its beak."
Alan Willison, Extremadura 2013

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Exploring Orkney to witness its autumn bird migration and archaeological sites at a time when scarce migrants like Red-backed Shrike and Common Rosefinch might be spotted. Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Otter and whales and dolphins sightings are possible on the ferry crossing. Visits to Maes Howe, Ring of Brodgar, the Tomb of the Eagles and Skara Brae are included. Easy walking and minibus transport.

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Dates 3 - 10 September 2017
Prices £1,695pp (£150 single supp)
Leaders Duncan Macdonald and Simon Pawsey

Day 1 Arrive in Inverness - 1 night at the Premier Inn.
Day 2 Travel up the north east coast of Caithness and Sutherland and take the ferry to Orkney - 5 nights at the Standing Stones Hotel.
Day 3-6 Wildlife and archaeological exploration of Mainland.
Day 7 Take early morning ferry from Orkney and travel back down the coast to Inverness - 1 night at the Premier Inn.
Day 8 Depart after breakfast.

Weather The weather can vary enormously. During a typical week in this season we would expect to experience mixed sun and showers with temperatures in the range 10-20ºC. Around the remote coastline of Orkney we may expect cooler temperatures and though it is possible that we shall see unbroken sunshine and settled weather, Orkney can receive wet and windy squalls and occasionally fog. Having said all of that, it can often be warm and sunny and you may want to bring sunscreen.
Walking On Orkney the walking is generally very relaxed and easy, but on at least two of the days we may take walks of up to 3-4 miles on rough grassland and small coastal paths with some climbing.
Meals All included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.
Insects Biting insects should not be a problem.
Accom Premier Inn, Inverness. Standing Stones Hotel, Orkney. Double, twin and single rooms all ensuite.
Group 12



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VISIT SCOTLAND - Quality Assurance Scheme - Wildlife Experience

Speyside Wildlife is one of 40 wildlife businesses to be assessed under Visit Scotland's pilot scheme for Wildlife Experiences achieving 4 Star status for our day tours. Watch out for the designation throughout Scotland. We were delighted to receive our letter of confirmation from Visit Scotland so thought we'd share some of it with you here, ''Thank you for participating in the pilot of the new Wildlife Experience Designator within our Quality Assurance Scheme for visitor attractions. Your feedback and contribution to the introduction of this new development has been invaluable and we would like to welcome you as a new member of the Quality Assurance Grading Scheme".


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