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Active Traveller - Wildlife in the Cairngorms

Active Traveller - Wildlife in the Cairngorms

Sun 22 Jul 2018: A 6 day escorted coach holiday to the Cairngorms, a specialist wildlife tour in Scotland with door to door pick up with Johnsons Coaches

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New Birdwatching & Wildlife Breaks with Ashley Grove

Brand new for 2018, will be a collection of trips, which we know will suit many of our regular travellers. While changing nothing in terms of the quality of service, accommodation and food you have come to expect from Johnsons, we will be adding the expert skills of guide Ashley Grove, who will help you get so much more from the rich wildlife locations we will visit.

Warwickshire born Ashley has formed a career from a combination of his expert knowledge of Birds in particular and his warm approachable personality. He leads Birdwatching and Wildlife Photography tours not only in the UK, but further afield in Europe, Africa, Canada and the Caribbean.


All tours escorted throughout by Ashley 

Where facilities allow, these breaks will include an evening talk by Ashley, who is a recommended speaker by the RSPB and Royal Horticultural Society. Each of Ashley’s informative talks are illustrated with images from his stunning wildlife portfolio and punctuated with entertaining anecdotes of his experiences in the field.

We are excited to welcome Ashley to the team and be able to offer these trips to what we already offer and we look forward to developing this programme further in the coming years.



In July, we head north to Scotland, where we will be based at the Grant Arms Hotel, within the Cairngorm National Park. Many Scottish specialities may be seen on this trip, which includes a Dolphin watching cruise, so there’s lots of great British wildlife to enjoy.

Don’t miss the chance to enjoy summer in the Scottish Highlands and fantastic views of some of the best wildlife in Britain, including red deer, pine martens, golden eagles, mountain hares, red squirrels, bottlenose dolphins and a host of wildfowl and raptors.


Your Holiday Includes


Door to Door service

Our own courier service

5 nights half board

2 guides for full day excursions on Mon & Tues

Dolphin Spirit Wildlife Cruise, Storehouse of Foulis & Wildlife Quiz

Cairngorm Funicular Railway, Rothiemurchas Estate, red deer feeding & a wildlife film

Loch Garten Osprey Centre & Kincraig Wildlife Park

Glenfarclas Distillery


Not included:

All lunches



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We spend the day travelling up North to our hotel in time for dinner, making comfrot stop en route


We drive to Inverness where we board the Dolphin Spirit for a cruise along the wonderful Moray Firth coastline hopefully viewing herons, otters and the famous Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins. Next we visit the Storehouse of Foulis, a visitor centre, set on the shores of Cromarty Firth, well known for its colony of common seals where we can view the seals on their haul-out sites just offshore. Tonight we enjoy a Wildlife Quiz in our Hotel.


A scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park, Britain's highest and most vast mountain range. We board the Funicular Railway, the highest in the UK, ascending the northern slopes of the mountain on a spectacular 2km journey. Next, we visit the Rothiemurchas Estate for a tour of the parkland where our ranger introduces us to the herd of red deer and explains how the herd was first formed by capturing wild animals. Those born in captivity have no fear of humans and can be fed by hand. Tonight, relax in the hotel with a wildlife film and a talk from Ashley.


Today, we visit the Loch Garten Osprey Centre - an ideal spot to observe these magnificent birds, with fantastic views of the birds on the nest, plus close ups thanks to the non-invasive CCTV. Later, we visit the spectacular setting of Kincraig Highland Park, where we experience more Scottish wildlife and see endangered animals of the world's mountain and tundra regions.


A morning at leisure in Grantown on Spey, followed by an afternoon drive along the Spey Valley to Ballindaloch and a visit to the Glenfarclas Distillery.


After breakfast we make our way back to the Midlands.

Your Hotel


3* Grant Arms Hotel, Grantown-on-Spey

Situated in the heart of Grantown-on-Spey this 3-star hotel offers modern comforts whilst retaining a traditional Victorian character. Priding itself on its traditional Scottish dishes sourced from local produce, it also has a dedicated area showcasing the amazing local flora and fauna with wildlife enthusiasts listing daily sightings of birds and animals which guests can see for themselves.               


Mobility Grade:  3 – Locality & hotel are generally level with isolated steps throughout There is a lift to all floors.


Hotel Facilities:

  • Restaurant

  • Bar

  • En Suite Bedrooms 

  • TV 

  • Hospitality Tray 

  • Hairdryer 

  • Lift


Duration, Departure Dates & Price


6 Day Tour

Sun 22 Jul – Fri 27 Jul 2018



Tour Departs: 7.00am

Tour Returns: 7.30pm

Times are approximate




Single Room: £145 

Holiday Insurance: £27 (IPT included)


Deposit: £75 per person for all coach holidays in Britain and Europe.



What to Bring


On all Tours we will spend time outdoors regardless of the weather. Please bring sensible clothing and wear strong shoes or boots, as it can be wet and muddy. Our Active Traveller Holiday Itineraries often include walks which may be up to 1 – 1.5 miles long over uneven ground which may prove challenging for those customers with reduced and limited mobility.

What else could you bring? Binoculars are recommended and you may wish to bring a small bird guide book to help with identification or a compact digital camera but this is entirely up to you!


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