Join Naturalist Journeys on this exciting Scotland birding tour to discover the Scottish Highlands and Islands at the peak of wildflower season. June is a stunning time to explore. We are based out of Mountview Hotel at Nethy Bridge for seven of our 12 nights, a delight. Mountview Hotel sits upon a hill, within walking distance of the quaint, small town. Expert local naturalists have a long history of work with the hotel; they know where to find the birds and the scenic stops and they set an easy tone right away. Dining is lovely and the hotel boasts a fully-stocked bar — you may want to try their variety of local Scottish whisky in the fireside room!

This Scotland nature tour explores Scotland’s wonderful oak and pine forests, rugged coastlines and trails, and walks in the heather above treeline in open moorland. Look for Ptarmigan, nesting Dotterel, Crested Tit, and Scottish (Parrot) Crossbill. Study shorebirds, seabirds (yes, puffins!), and raptors, including Golden Eagle. After a week at Mountview, we depart to Mull and Iona, enchanting islands with wilderness species such as White-tailed Eagle and Hen Harrier. The islands’ residents take pride in their gardens, and the open moorland is in bloom - here we may find Skylark displaying and Twite. Iona’s Abbey hold Celtic treasures, and the rhododendrons and azaleas should be in bloom. Interesting geology, historic castles, fascinating birds … Scotland is a special place!

Tour Highlights

  • Take in rolling mountain and woodland vistas right from our lodge
  • Spend time in the nearly 8000 year old Abernethy Forest, a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reserve
  • See mainland Scotland’s only Gannetry during a boat ride to Troup Head … watch for puffins, too!
  • Look for the extremely rare and magnificent Capercaillie, a bird rarely seen even by local birders
  • Opt for a hike into the arctic-alpine realm, just over 4000 feet, to see Dotterel and Ptarmigan
  • Visit stunning Mull and Iona, with colourful villages and stunning ancient architecture
  • Cruise to the tiny isles of Staffa and Lunga to see thousands of seabirds

Photo credits: Banners: Iona Abbey, courtesy Heatherlea; Atlantic Puffin, courtesy Heatherlea; Scotland by Colin White; Loch an Eilei, courtesy Heatherlea; Sound of Mull Sunrise, courtesy Heatherlea; Blue Tit by Sandy Sorkin; Scenic by Dennis Lankford; Dotterel, courtesy Heatherlea; Rock Ptarmigan by Dennis Lankford; Razorbill by Colin White; Puffin by Colin White; Robin by Sandy Sorkin.

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