The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye

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.


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

13th Nov 2018

There were two adult white-tailed eagles over Dunvegan Head, late morning. There was a stonechat on the top road in Lower Milovaig and a pair of stonechats on the bottom road in Upper Milovaig. The male blackcap was still in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig.

12th Nov 2018

There were a pair of tawny owls calling in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 8:20pm.

11th Nov 2018

There was a flock of c.50 redwings on the top road in Upper Milovaig at mid-day.

An adult white-tailed eagle landed on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 1am before flying across to a viewpoint overlooking the white beach, where it remained until 1:45pm. At 3:15pm, it appeared again flying across Loch Pooltiel, very low over the water heading towards Pollosgan.

There was a male blackcap in the garden at 2 Lower Milovaig at 3:30pm.

More recent wildlife sightings