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

9th May 2021

Canada Geese - Milovaig
May 2021

Two Canada Geese flew north over Lower Milovaig and out over the sea towards Harris at 2:30pm. This is the first known record of this species in Glendale.

7th May 2021

There were three juvenile white-tailed eagles circling over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 5:20pm.

6th May 2021

A long-eared owl was photographed in a holiday cottage garden at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop at dusk (Mark Sellwood). This is the first ever confirmed sighting of this species in Glendale.

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.