The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


Gannets are very common in Glendale and they can be seen daily, diving close to the shore and Pier in Loch Pooltiel, between April and October.

It is a spectacular sight to watch them plunging head-first into the water from great heights on the long Summer evenings.

Gannet in Loch Pooltiel.


Great Skuas, commonly known as 'bonxies', and the daintier Arctic Skuas are now being seen regularly at Neist Point between May and September. Bonxies also regularly come into Loch Pooltiel to harass the gulls.


Manx Shearwaters feed in huge numbers off Neist Point in late Summer.

Recent Bird Sightings

22nd Sep 2019

Common Redstart- Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Treecreeper - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Reed Bunting - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

There was a common redstart in the gardens at 1 and 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is the first record in Glendale since 1986. There was a treecreeper in the garden at 1 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is only the second record in Milovaig, the last being 15 years ago. There was a female reed bunting with a flock of 18 twites on the top road in Lower Milovaig, late morning. This is only the third record for Reed Bunting in Milovaig. An unidentified small, yellow warbler was glimpsed briefly on the slope down to the pier, late morning.

The yellow-legged gull put on a great show at Meanish around 6pm, coming for fish guts.


17th Sep 2019

There was an adult white-tailed eagle over the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 8:30am.

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
September 2019

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 6:45pm.

There were two adult white-tailed eagles perched on Scorr Farm, close to the shed, early evening. Two juvenile white-tailed eagles were over the Minch, off Dunvegan Head, early evening, and flew across the Minch towards Harris.

More recent wildlife sightings

Black Guillemot at Neist Point.


In Summer, the stunning coastal waters and cliffs around Glendale are home to many hundreds of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags.

Puffins are also regularly seen off Neist Point in small numbers, although they do not nest on Skye.

The beautiful black guillemot, with its white wing-patches and red legs, is resident all year round.

Fulmar at Neist Point.