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

16th Jul 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
July 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
July 2019

Incredibly, on the day that the yellow-legged gull at Lower Milovaig was accepted by the SBRC, the bird re-appeared on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, early evening. This is the first official record for Skye and the third for Highland.

14th Jul 2019

Puffin - Neist Point
July 2019

Arctic Skua - Neist Point
July 2019

Great Northern Diver - Neist Point
July 2019

Ten puffins flew south past Neist Point and there were 6+ bonxies and 12+ arctic skuas out in the Minch off Neist. A great northern diver flew north past Neist Point.

Herring gulls were fledging today at Neist and there were lots of very tame fledglings wandering around beside the path near the herring gull colony.

7th Jul 2019

The Iceland gull has been been absent since the 1st.

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.