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

21st May 2019

Orca - Lower Milovaig ©Astrid Van Eybergen
May 2019

There were two orcas (killer whales), including bull 'John Coe', initially off Lower Milovaig and then working their way around to Oisgill Bay from 6:15am until 7:45am (Astrid & Frank van Eybergen).

There was a white wagtail below the road on croft 4 Lower Milovaig, late afternoon. A peregrine flew over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig and on to Beinn Bhuidhe at 7:30pm.

19th May 2019

There were a minke whale, 12+ common dolphins and a harbour porpoise in the Minch off Lower Milovaig, late morning.

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.