Special Interest: Birdwatching


  • Cairngorms

    Private House Stays thinks that Insh marshes is the most significant bird-watching location in the Cairngorms...view more

  • Lanarkshire

    There are two RSPB reserves within the North Lanarkshire area: Barons Haugh RSPB reserve and Lochwinnoch RSPB reserve and there are other nature reserves that run South-east from the Clyde down the Clyde valley towards Biggar that contain many rare species. Starting from the North, these include Gle...view more

  • North East Scotland

    Private House Stays recommends the following locations that we think are most significant for Bird-watching in the Aberdeenshire area: Fowlsheugh Searbird Colony, Huntly Peregrine Wildwatch, Forvie National Nature Reserve and Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve. ...view more

  • Moray

    Moray has the backdrop of the Grampian Mountains to its South-West and miles of often-deserted wide beaches and cliff-lined coastline. It makes for a wonderful area for nature and bird-watching both along the North-east coast above Aberdeen and along the Eastern end of the Moray Firth. The nature re...view more

  • East Perthshire

    The main bird watching location in East Perthshire is Stormont Loch near Blairgowrie which is good for finding wintering wildfowl, shoveler, tufted duck, great crested grebe, greylag geese, long-tailed tit and goldcrest...view more

  • Shetland

    Bird-watching in the Shetland can be very rewarding will many rare species visible, there will be many good locations that local residents would better recommend but those identified by Private House Stays include: Haaf Gruney National Nature Reserve, Hermaness National Nature Reserve & Visi...view more

  • Dumfriesshire

    The locations identified by Private House Stays that are significant for Birdwatching are listed below but the whole Solway firth is considered to be a twitchers paradise: Mershead RSPB Nature reserve, Rough Island Nature reserve, Grey Mares Tail, Threave and Rockcliffe and Fountainbleau and Ladypar...view more

  • Scottish Borders

    Since it is one of the most accessible and spectacular bird watching locations in Scotland, St Abbs Head must be given its own entry. Other reserves include: Bemersyde Moss (for black-headed gull, sedge warbler, grasshopper warbler, wigeon, greylag geese, mallard, tufted duck, teal, pochard, shovele...view more

  • Fife

    The Bird watching locations that are particularly recommended in Fife include Carlingnose Point near North Queensferry (a great place to spot migrant birds in the Forth Estuary), Cullaloe outside Burntisland (for Woodcock and waders), Lielowan Meadow (near Dunfermline (for collared doves, reed bunti...view more

  • Orkney

    The birdwatching locations throughout the Orkneys are everywhere, but the most famously identifiable are: The Brough Of Birsay, Marwick Head about 11 miles north of Stromness, Copinsay Nature Reserve, Cottascarth and Rendall Moss Reserve in the North-East of the mainland, Trumland in Rousay, Harray ...view more

  • East Neuk Villages

    There are two highly recommended Bird watching locations close to the East Neuk villages: The Isle of May which is accessed via a boat trip rom Anstruther and the Tentmuir National Nature reserve on the East coast above St Andrews, east of Tayport. The latter is also famous for its wild flowers....view more

  • East Lothian

    There are three significant bird-watching locations identified by Private House Stays within the East Lothian area, all with links below:...view more

  • Outer Hebrides

    Apart from the Nature reserves listed in the beauty spots section, there are also 2 Nature reserves that are particularly identified for the rariety of their migrant and resident species at Balranald Nature Reserve and Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve...view more

  • Angus

    The most significant Birdwatching location in Angus is the Montrose Basin which has a visitor centre and is also a wildlife reserve over 750 hectares. The reserve attracts pink-footed geese, sedge warblers and large numbers of ducks, waders and swans. Also we recommend Seaton Cliffs near Arbroath (f...view more