Day trips & holidays

Each year we organise day trips and holidays for our members.

The cost of the trip is kept to a minimum, whilst still making a small profit for SBBOT.

Please note that all trips require payment in advance to secure a place and you can also book at the Field Centre.

Enquiries can also be sent to us at



(A message from our Chairman Ken Chapman)

Islay, mid to late January 2022

I am thinking of organizing another visit to the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides in mid to late January 2022. The Observatory has taken trips to Islay on a couple of previous occasions in order to see the wintering flocks of tens of thousands of Barnacle and Greenland White-fronted Geese, plus a wide range of other water birds; birds of prey such as White-tailed and Golden Eagle and much else besides. The island’s history and its many whisky distilleries are an added attraction!

We would travel by air up to Glasgow then by mini-bus through the highlands of Argyll and out by ferry to Islay. The overall tour leader on the island would be Peter Roberts, who has lived there for over 20 years and who many members already know from previous trips on Islay and elsewhere.

This is a six-day trip, staying at the wonderful Port Charlotte hotel overlooking Loch Indaal.

The cost is envisaged at costing about £1175 per person, with a single room supplement of £100. (Commercial tour companies currently offer similar tours ranging from between £1440 for 5 days to £1945 for 8 days).

At this stage, all I need is an expression of interest. If you think you might be interested, please contact the Observatory by email as soon as possible, marking the email for my attention. The group size will be limited to about 8 people only.


Orkney and Shetland, Summer 2022

I have also recently been approached by one or two members about the possibility of organizing a ‘birds and archaeology’ trip to Orkney and Shetland in the summer of 2022. This is still very tentative at this stage, but if any member might be interested in such a trip, please also contact the Observatory by email,, again marked for my attention.


Ken Chapman


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