Self-catering cottages and other accommodation for bird watchers in NE Scotland

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Scotland offers wide expanses of wilderness that gives wildlife a chance to flourish.  The Cairngorms are by far the largest nature reserve in Britain with 94,000 acres of high land. This is the type of country where you can see birds of prey circling overhead, and if you're fortunate, watch a kill. 

Lower lying ground leading down to the coast provides many other types of habitat.  There are several well known nature reserves to be found in the north east of Scotland.  At Fowlsheugh, just 3 miles south of Stonehaven, the cliffs provide a breeding ground for about 70,000 pairs of kittiwakes, guillemots, razorbills and many other sea birds.

Forvie Sands, in Newburgh and the Loch of Strathbeg near Rattray Head, Fraserburgh are other popular nature reserves with twitchers. The entire length of the coastline is wonderful for bird watchers with estuaries, marshes and cliffs providing many spotting opportunities. I always remember the great numbers of colourful finches in Scottish woodland and the joy of spotting a sleeping owl.

Cottage - sleeps  8-9, Hollybush House in Speyside, Aberdeenshire


Riverside holiday home on the banks of the Spey in Scotland near AberlourThis modern, purpose built house, Hollybush House has direct access to the bank of the River Spey in the village of Carron, near Aberlour, Speyside. It's ideal for either spotting birds of prey including the osprey at loch Garten and the  plentiful game birds.  Insh Marshes in the flood plain of the River Spey is home to many species of wader and duck - many of which are found only in this area or are very rare elsewhere.

At the coast, which is about half an hour's drive away, you can discover the wonderfully numerous coastal birds on the north Aberdeenshire coast including at  Troup Head near Pennan,  Scotland's largest collection of gannets, guillemots, razorbills, puffins and kittiwakes. The Loch of Strathbeg at Rattray Head is an important, shallow fresh water lake for pink-footed and greylag geese, whooper swans and many varieties of duck.  Further south at Forvie Sands in Newburgh, is Britain's largest colony of breeding eider, with a wealth of birds all along this splendidly rugged coastline.


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Sleeps 1-4, Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges - an hour's drive from Aberdeen but worth it.

Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges (Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Ballater) Comfortable 2 bedroom log cabins Set in the Heart of Royal Deeside at the Eastern Gateway to the Cairngorm National Park. Located in the wee rustic village of Dinnet, our Woodland Lodges make an ideal base to visit and explore the many sporting and tourist activities Royal Deeside has to offer such as Balmoral castle, Lochnagar and the other stunning landscapes in this part of Scotland. Go horse riding, paddle in shallow mountain streams. Each sleeps up to 4 people in 2 bedrooms. New Year in Scotland is still something special. We welcome you come and celebrate the New Year in with us in a traditional Scottish manner.

 The Aberdeenshire coastline is simply wonderful for watching seabirds.  Make sure that you don't miss Bullers of Buchan just north of  Cruden Bay for the awe-inspiringly tall seabird cliffs, puffins in season and throngs of seabirds. The Newburgh Ythan estuary is wonderful for waders. Geese always overwinter. Driving an hour inland takes you to the Highlands and totally different types of habitat. 


The small villages roundabout all have pubs for good Scottish fare and a wee dram. Please click on image for details.


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Sleeps 12-20, Westerlix Cottages in Tayside

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Westerlix Cottages near Killin in Perthshire are in another area rich in wildlife.  You will find two secluded cottages: Heather Cottage and the Steading.  A night safari is highly recommended for spotting owls and all manner of wild life.  It will be a truly  unforgettable experience. 


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Self-catering log cabins, Dinnet near Aboyne in Aberdeenshire


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For ‘twitchers’ out there, a stay at Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges near Dinnet could be just perfect. Situated right next to a nature reserve, this is part of Scotland where you can hear birdsong and may be lucky enough to spot birds such as eagles soaring in the sky.  Days out can also be enjoyed in to the Cairngorms National Park which is to be found all around and is just wonderful for wildlife watching. Wildlife watching in this area of Scotland is not limited to birds and includes a variety of different animals including wildcats, although these shy creatures are usually only ever seen in the deepest, most remote areas of the Cairngorms.

The holiday lodges at Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges have 2 bedrooms and each accommodates up to 4 in cosy comfortable accommodation. A decked patio area is standard at each so you can enjoy sitting out and soaking up the setting in summer time and listening to the birds happily chirp in the trees.
Bungalow sleeps 1-4 near Loch of Kinnord, a bird watching area of outstanding beauty


cottage deeside near balmoral ScotlandIdeal for bird watchers is Honey Cottage in Royal Deeside. Located down a quiet lane where birds are regular visitors, this granite holiday cottage is located in the village of Dinnet in the heart of Royal Deeside. Nowadays, Honey Cottage offers clean and cosy accommodation to tourists and visitors, providing an excellent base for exploring some of the highlights of Royal Deeside.

With an outdoor patio area to the rear of the property along with seating, this is a perfect spot to sit out and watch out for birds. The hills, woodlands and countryside of Royal Deeside are also rich in birdlife and easily accessible on days out.

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Royal Deeside and places of interest

royal deesideHoney Cottage is ideally situated for exploring all the tourist attractions of the area. Ballater, Balmoral Castle and Crathie Kirk, the Royal Lochnagar Distillery, Braemar and several of the Aberdeenshire properties of the National Trust of Scotland are within easy reach.

Aboyne has a swimming pool and local theatre/community centre. There is salmon fishing on the River Dee and many opportunities for trout fishing and field sports. For the hill walker and mountaineer the attractions of Morven, Mount Keen and Lochnager beckon from the panoramic views from this beautiful country home.

The ski slopes of the Lecht and Glenshee are within a 40 minute drive. Highland Games take place each summer at Aboyne, Tarland, Ballater and Braemar. For the cyclist the former Deeside Railway line is close by, along with many quiet roads and challenging forest tracks.

The Deeside Gliding Club is five miles away and the Loch of Kinnord is a bird watching area of outstanding beauty. Shops, banks, post offices, eating places, petrol stations and garages are available in Tarland, Aboyne or Ballater.


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