Journey up to the Scottish Highlands

28th June 2016

The next adventure began with an early start leaving brack at 5am and…hang on…where is James? Ring ring… ring ring…. “Hello?” “James are you coming?” “Yes why?” “We were meant to leave 5 minutes ago!” “…oh no”… An early start leaving brack and 5:30am and we were off! Off on the long long drive to Scotland. On the way we found a good 30 species of bird from the bus as well as a fox. After arriving in Scotland the first activity was a walk up a hill called Coire-n-eassan. Despite the rain it was a nice walk with plenty of wildlife, including osprey, roe deer and sparrow hawk as well as a possible small mountain ringlet butterfly. The highlight of the walk was reaching the top of the hill and looking down on a rainbow. Then off to Loch of the Lowes, home of the famous osprey and red squirrel. .

The magnificent reserve did not disappoint as we got amazing views of the osprey and her three chicks, a baby spotted fly catcher and a red squirrel which amazingly climbed a tree just above us!! We then dropped of our stuff at Pitlochry youth hostel and hit the town! Well…we found a chip shop anyway. Great chips and gravy!

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The male Osprey at Loch of the Lowes


Setting off Sunday morning at an early start, we headed to the Isle of Skye. On the way, we spotted a magnificent red kite and if that wasn’t incredible enough for all of us, we then spotted a golden eagle! A sight we all could all only hope for! After cooling down after all the excitement, we got to Skye and had a nice walk along the beach and the rockpools where we saw lots of jellyfish but sadly no crabs, then went on a coastal walk to try and find a sea eagle. Unfortunately, no sea eagle was to be seen that day, but some of us did have fun finding our inner child and climbing over all the rocks to get to a little island just off the rocky beach. After a long, tiring but incredible day with better weather than the previous day thankfully, we headed back to the youth hostel to wind down and continue playing MJ bugaroo much to the annoyance of MJ…

Bright and early Monday morning, we got up and went on search for crabs and interesting rock pools at the beach, followed by the cold and windy Cairn gorm mountain in the Scottish highlands where we saw a ring ouzel and a good view of Ben Nevis! I think I can say for everyone that it was sad for this weekend to come to an end.

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See you next year Scotland!

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