The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


Gannets

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.

Skuas

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.

Shearwaters

Manx Shearwaters feed in huge numbers off Neist Point in late Summer.

Recent Bird Sightings

23rd May 2022

A 4-hour seawatch at Neist Point produced: 2 whimbrel north, 9 arctic skuas, 1 bonxie north, 3 dunlin, 2 ringed plovers. 7 swallows and 3 sand martins went off Neist and over the sea towards South Uist.

22nd May 2022

There was a singing male whinchat on croft 2 Lephin, opposite Café Lephin at 7:45am that flew into the estate birch scrub opposite Hamara Parks.

15th May 2022


Arctic Terns - Neist
May 2022

Two arctic terns flew north at Neist Point at 2:30pm. There were four arctic skuas out in the Minch off Neist but no bonxies seen again.

More recent wildlife sightings



Black Guillemot at Neist Point.

Auks

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.