So here's what we did (it was a 'we' and quite a big 'we' too - I was one of a group of 13 (plus two guides) on a tour with Heatherlea, and I recommend them muchly). Day 1 - working the forests and Findhorn Valley close to our base. Day 2 - long drive to Skye, bit of birding on Skye, then ferry from Uig across to Tarbert, Harris, and drive up to Stornoway (with birding on the way. Day 3 - full day on Lewis, mainly working around the coast. Day 4 - Lewis in the morning, then ferry from Stornoway to Ullapool, and drive back to Strathspey. Day 5 - up to the Moray coast to look for waders, seabirds and farmland birds. Day 6 - more forest in the morning, then up Cairn Gorm for Ptarmigans etc in the afternoon. We had a week of mostly pretty dreich weather though Day 5 was sunny.
We were out before breakfast on day 1, driving north out of the forested bits to open countryside and Black Grouse country near the Dorback burn, and duly ticked off Black Grouse (distant but great scope views). We followed this with a forest visit and failed Caper search, though did find Crested Tits.
Some pics from other places we visited on day 3. Golden Plovers, Greylags, a Hooded Crow and a Snipe. You can see that the weather was not fabulous - apologies for the dingy photos. The beach with the rather forthright lavatorial sign was a gorgeous spot, where we had our best Golden Eagle sightings and also a thrilling close-ish flyby from a female-type Merlin, also good views of Arctic Skua offshore. The cat's just a cat but I liked his ears.
And the last day. We kicked off with more Caper-hunting, in two different forests. In the second we finally got lucky with brief flying-away views of two (though I only saw one of them). No photos (sorry). Then in the afternoon we climbed Cairn Gorm for Ptarmigans and Mountain Hares.
And that was Scotland. It was a great week with a great group, and there was a most lovely and surprising bonus outcome that I won't talk about here, except to say that it's made me very happy :)