So a return trip to the familiar haunts of Speyside to hopefully see Scotland in all its autumnal glory . An overnight stop at Carlisle broke the journey up ,so up early and away to get to the Kelpies close to Falkirk. These remarkable structures the shape of horses heads ( 30 Metres high ) signify a piece of Scottish history and also are synonymous with the heavy horses which used to pull heavy loads along the towpath of the adjacent Forth and Clyde canal .
A further stop close to Dunblane at Argaty Red Kites was very good with up to 26 birds coming down to feed as the offal scraps that were put out for them . This was the original Central Scotland release site and was originally managed by the RSPB but now is run independently with lots of school children visiting the site on a regular basis .
So onwards and upwards to Grantown on Spey where my week just happened to coincide with a ‘ celebrity ‘ week in the form of Mike Dilger he of The BBC One show. Having previously met Mike at an organised dinner at the Birdfair I knew he would be a great host for the week .
The first night took the form of a quiz and if nothing else my team beat Mikes team and I also found out that here was a remote Scottish island in the Orkneys called Cava not prosecco.
The only downside of the day was stopping to observe a full grown otter dead at the side of the road on the way back .The following day was bit of a local day with the highlight a pair of late afternoon Golden Eagles flying relatively low over our heads as we traversed the Farr road down into Strathdearn. It was quite clear that they had been feeding heavily judging by the size of their crops possibly on the Grallloch ie the Guts of Red Deer which are left on the hillside prior to carcass deportation to the hanging store .