Bird Watching and Wildlife Club

“The Bird Watching & Wildlife Club (BWWC) was established in 2008 to offer visitors to the Highlands of Scotland a new kind of wildlife watching experience – one in which their time is their own.  We believe in allowing our Guests to create their own unique programme of visits and experiences depending on what it is they most want to see, but we provide a helping hand in doing so. 

The BWWC is based at the Grant Arms Hotel in the fine Scottish country town of Grantown on Spey. Built in 1765 during the reign of King George III and situated in the Cairngorms National Park, the Grant Arms Hotel is a traditional Scottish building, tastefully refurbished to provide thoroughly modern standards of comfort. The Grant Arms Hotel offers 50 en-suite bedrooms all with tea and coffee making facilities, toiletries, hair dryer, colour TV, direct dial phone and free WiFi but also features a drying room, boot wash, lecture theatre and library.

The Cairngorms National Park is the perfect base to explore Scottish Wildlife. Speyside and the Cairngorms are one of the best areas for Bird and Wildlife Watching in the UK. Perfect for beginner to expert, whether for a day or a fortnight. The Town is surrounded by ancient woodlands, which offer a unique habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Anagach Woods with its ancient Pine Trees, on the doorstep of the Grant Arms Hotel, is a haven for rare animals and plants. Depending on the season you could see during your trip: Gold Eagle, White-tailed Eagle, Capercaillie, Pine Marten, Red Squirrel, Slavonian Grebe, Crested Tit and Crossbill, as well as Dolphins, Waders, Sea Ducks and Sea Birds along the Moray Coast.

Red Squirrel C Greg Morgan

Anyone staying at the Hotel is welcome to use the BWWC facilities and join in the free events organised by the BWWC Team during their stay. These include daily Wildlife Briefings, Wildlife Film screenings, Talks, Quizzes and Guided Walks. Anagach Woods – which covers nearly a thousand acres and is just a five minute walk from the Hotel.


BWWC can provide information not only on the best places to go but also on the huge range of wildlife-related activities which may be going on in the area during your stay, from Land Rover Safaris and Boat Trips, to Guided Trips and Evening Hide Watches.

Throughout the year, we also offer Special Event packages, from wildlife photography workshops to special breaks at Christmas, species-focused breaks such as our Red Deer Rut break in autumn and also Celebrity Guided Holidays with Iolo Williams, Mike Dilger, David Lindo, Nigel Marven and Nick Baker.

Red Grouse 2 CHoward Birley

We are always delighted to help you plan your holiday with the Bird Watching and Wildlife Club at the Grant Arms Hotel.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.”




Grant Arms Wildlife Book Festival 2019 – in association with BBC Wildlife

Monday 15th April – Friday 19th April 2019

During this week we will be running a programme of walks and trips in the morning with our local wildlife guides and some of the guest speakers. Join them on a walk or meet them at one of our wildlife hot spots. If you don’t fancy going out we will be showing some wildlife documentaries in our Natural History Library. The Authors will talk about their books in the afternoons and evenings.

Our Presenter and Host for the event this year is Naturalist, Author and Wildlife TV Producer Stephen Moss. Stephen is the original producer of BAFTA award-winning TV series Springwatch. Stephen will also be talking about his new book “Mrs Moreau’s Warbler – how birds got their names”. 

Other authors currently confirmed are:

  • David Lindo, The Urban Birder:                                                                   “How to be an Urban Birder”                               
  • Polly Pullar, Field Naturalist, Writer, Wildlife Rehibiliator and Photographer:         “A Richness of Martens-Wildlife Tales from Ardnamurchan”
  • Charlie Phillips, Wildlife Photographer, Whale & Dolphin Conservation Field Officer: “On a Rising Tide”
  • David Hetherington, Cairngorms Nature Officer and Ecology Advisor:                    “The Lynx and Us”
  • Jack Perks, Specialist Underwater Wildlife Photographer:                                      “Field Guide to Pond and River Wildlife of Britain and Europe”
  • Isla Hodgson, Zoologist and Wildlife Journalist:                                                    “Hidden Nature: Uncovering the UK’s Wildlife
  • Dr Michael Brooke, Strickland Curator of Ornithology at the University Museum of Zoology: “Far from Land – The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds”
  • Peter Cairns, Local Wildlife Photographer and Conservationist:                             “Scotland: A Rewilding Journey”
  • Pat Morris, Zoologist, Lecturer and renowned Hedgehog Expert:                           ” Hedgehogs (The British Natural History Collection)”

All books can be purchased from “The Bookmark”, Grantown on Spey

The walks, field trips, films and talks are free to all our guests. Come and stay for as long or as little as you like. If you want to extend your stay, we will also be putting on extra walks and field trips over the Easter Weekend which is part of our Spring/Grouse themed week.

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

1 night DBB from £118.00 per person                                                                      4 nights DBB from £424.00 per person

Have a look and enjoy this video by Nick Wilcox-Brown: Please click here to watch the video. 

Please see our BWWC Tips by the Grant Arms Hotel!


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