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

20th Aug 2017

Our local adult male white-tailed eagle was circling below the bottom road in Upper Milovaig at 3pm, gradually drifting towards Borrodale.

There are now only three wheatears remaining around the Milovaig loop.

7th Aug 2017

Two spotted flycatchers turned up in MacDougal's Spruces but were also feeding on the shoreline. There was also a juvenile grey wagtail at MacDougal's spruces that, unusually, was perching in the trees.

6th Aug 2017

A ringed plover flew south over Loch Pooltiel, skimming the water, then onward over the white beach and inland towards Borrodale.

More recent wildlife sightings