Monday, 30 April 2018

What's the difference between Birders and Twitchers?

Birdwatching or birding means going outside to enjoy watching birds. It is a popular hobby. Someone who does this is called a birdwatcher or birder.

twitcher is someone who will go to great lengths to view new bird species. For some twitchers their pursuit can turn into an obsession and can involve extensive travel, dedicated monitoring of birding hotspots and networking with other twitchers.

RSPB Scotland, Insh Marshes, Cairngorms National Park

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Cairngorms Nature Big May Weekend

Bring the whole family and get up close and personal with the amazing nature of the Cairngorms National Park!

11th - 13th May 2018 join in the fun, join the experts, 2 days, 60 events throughout the park for all the family.

Here's just a sample of some of the events:

An evening of mammal watching:
For a memorable wildlife encounter, spend an evening with Speyside Wildlife and watch the nocturnal creatures that visit our warm and comfortable, baited hide on the Rothiemurchus Estate in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Your guide will meet you just before dusk, at the location just outside Aviemore within the Caledonian Pine Forest and walk with you down the wide track to the hide.
To book a place on the evening mammal trip, please go to:
Canoeing the River Spey with Abernethy Trust:
See the National Park from the water. This fun filled day will take you down the River Spey to see wildlife from a different angle with chance to develop some canoeing skills at the same time with our qualified instructors.
Don’t worry if you haven’t canoed before – novices are welcome!  Age limit 13+
RSPB Insh Marshes:
A six-mile guided walk with the warden across Insh Marshes with the RSPB Warden, Pete Moore,  returning along the Badenoch Way through Inshriach Forest.
contact call 01540 661518
Fairy May-hem:
Fairies are running wild at Loch Garten! Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Follow our special fairy trail and meet some of the creatures that live among the trees, finishing by creating your own authentic forest fairy wand.

Many thanks to the Cairngorms National Park, RSPB, Speyside Wildlife and Abernethy Trust for providing Great North Lodges with this information.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Snow Roads Scenic Routes


Distance: 90 miles (145 km) Start: Grantown-on-Spey End: Blairgowrie
This year is an especially exciting one for Scotland when it comes to road trips with the unveiling of the brand new Snow Roads Scenic Route. Due to launch officially later this year, this stunner of a route weaves through the outstandingly beautiful landscapes of the eastern Cairngorms as well as the charming Highland towns of Royal Deeside including Braemar, Ballater and Tomintoul. Scaling the highest public road in Great Britain – the eponymous Snow Road – this driving route offers everything from castles to distilleries, tumbling waterfalls to free-roaming herds of deer. It’s also a dream to Instagram. Pull over at its three ‘Scenic Route Installations’, outdoor artworks that merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape and are designed just so to allow you to capture that perfect shot.
Find our more about the Snow Roads Scenic Route 
Blog written by Sarah Clark and photograph taken by Sheena White 

Many thanks to and for sharing this information with Great North Lodges.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Spring in the Cairngorms National Park

2nd April 2018
Orphan Annie has just delivered the first lambs of Spring at the Highland Lodge Estate and it's triplets!!

Spring is a fantastic time to visit the Cairngorms National Park. 
This season is a time of days getting longer and the spring sunshine bringing growth and greenery everywhere with buds bursting and leaves unfolding. Birdsong reaches a peak and many flowers appear, in turn attracting insect-life, including bees and butterflies. Animals that hibernated over winter appear on the first warm days of spring so keep an eye out in early Spring for hedgehogs, newly emerged queen bees, frogs, toads, grass snakes, lizards and adders.

Many woodland flowers are at their best before the leaves are fully open on the trees. If you find carpets of bluebellswood anemones, wild garlic, wood sorrel and early purple orchids you can be sure it is an ancient woodland and likely to be good for many other kinds of wildlife too. So make sure you go on a Spring woodland walk – it will keep you healthy too!

Here's a glimpse of Spring in the Cairngorms courtesy of Wilderness Scotland:

For further information about booking a luxury, hot tub, spa experience holiday for your family and friends at The Highland Lodge Estate (sleeps 23) contact 
Great North Lodges on 01479 812266 or visit our website

Many thanks to and Wilderness Scotland.