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Birdwatching in Scotland

Celebrate natural Scotland with the endless bird wathching opprotunities on the doorstep of all our holiday properties.

Loch of the Lowes, near Dunkeld, has been voted one of the top 30 best wild places by the Sunday Times 2016. you can expect to see the ospreys return from Africa some time in March.  World Osprey Week is April 11-15 

There are two excellent nature reserves in the area. By the shores of Loch Leven the Vane Farm, just off the M90 near Kinross lies the RSPB's premier nature centre. This converted farm steading provides views over the Loch from its observation room, hides and nature trail, with displays and information about the reserve and Loch (a National Nature Reserve managed by Scottish Natural Heritage).

The Scottish Wildlife Trust's Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre is at Dunkeld. There you might be lucky enough to see a breeding Osprey from the hide by the loch.

At The Loch of Kinordy RSPB Reserve see breeding waterfowl including the rare black-necked grebe, viewable from bird-watching hides overlooking the loch, as well as ospreys and otters.

A little further afield you can visit the Montrose Basin Wildlife Reserve in Angus, famous for its estuary bird life, and the new Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick, East Lothian.

A friend of Abade Holidays made a list of the 50 species of birds he saw during his 2-year stay: Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer, Siskin, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Long Tail Tit, Goldcrest, House Sparrow, Starling, Skylark, Linnet, Pheasant, Grey Partrige, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Missel Thrush, Treecreeper, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler, Wood Pigeon, Collard Dove, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Pink-footed Geese, Greylag Geese, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Rook, Jay, Curlew, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Tawny Owl, Kestrel, Buzzard, Sparrow Hawk and Great Spotted Woodpecker. We meekly add Tree Sparrow, Kingfisher, Heron and Osprey and a Snow Bunting!  Let us knmow if you can add to this list. 

Fantastic Facts about Scotland

  • Mary Queen of Scots played billiards. First recorded order by Louis XI in 1470. After she was executed, her body was wrapped in a billiard cloth
  • 1300s Scottish soldiers noted for ability to march longer than others because they made their own oatcakes
  • Bagpipes imported from Rome 2000 years ago by Roman army
  • Toilet, 5000 Skara Brae reckoned to use drainage system to flush into the sea. Alexander Cummings invented flushing toilet
  • Auld Lang Syne sung for 150 years before Burns sent a copy for print to the Scots Musical Museum that he had taken down from an old man.
  • Lawnmower invented in Scotland
  • Shortbread known from 12C but generally thought to have been refined use and name credited to Mary Queen of Scots 16C. Petticoat tails
  • Black bun fruitcake covered with pastry. Origins Scottish was eaten at Twelfth Night but now associated with Hogmanay
  • Scotland's first. Licensed distillery Glenlivet in 1823
  • Scotland's only 2-star Michelin restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at the Gleneagles Hotel
  • Golf. Modern game reckoned to date from 15C in Scotland. Much debate about an earlier game. The Old Course St Andrews date to per 1574, seen as a place of pilgrimage. Links course. How many people around the world have had their photographs taken on the Swilken Bridge?
  • Ice skating began in Scotland. Primitive ice skates of bone and antler used by Scandinavian hunters as early as300 AD. 1572 first all-iron skates manufactured in Scotland. Speed skating was first form of skating sport. First skate Club in Edinburgh 1742

Distances from Perth

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