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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 13:56   #1
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Weekend in Scotland

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Can anyone offer some advice on where would be best as a base for a weekend in Scotland that would offer the best "bang for my buck"? I'm looking at probably going around late April.

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Speyside should be a good option e.g. for forest birds, grouse, raptors etc. Might be a bit early for some things (e.g. Dotterel) but the same would be true wherever you go. Also, in Speyside you're near the Moray coast where at that time of year you should have a good chance for White-billed Diver (around Portsoy), as well as other divers, Black Guillemot etc.

Other good places at that time of year would be Mull or Islay, but it depends what you want to see.
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Old Monday 28th January 2019, 14:23   #3
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Thanks for the reply and info Andrew, much appreciated.
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I pretty much agree with Andy. In fact I'll be in Speyside for a few nights at the beginning of March.

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As a base: Inverness, especially if you are flying in and then hiring a car. Cairngorms, Speyside, Findhorn valley, Moray coast, Black Isle dolphins. Good road access to the west coast as well.
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Speyside should be a good option e.g. for forest birds, grouse, raptors etc. Might be a bit early for some things (e.g. Dotterel) but the same would be true wherever you go. Also, in Speyside you're near the Moray coast where at that time of year you should have a good chance for White-billed Diver (around Portsoy), as well as other divers, Black Guillemot etc.

Other good places at that time of year would be Mull or Islay, but it depends what you want to see.
Couldn't have put it better myself. Speyside should be great

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Thanks again guys. great info to mull over. cheers.
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