The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


Seals

Atlantic Grey Seals are very common in Loch Pooltiel. They are very curious of people and will come closer to investigate if you whistle or sing at the sea-shore. There are usually a few basking daily on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at low tide.

Whales & Dolphins


Minke Whale at Neist Point

This area is the best place on Skye for seeing whales, porpoises and dolphins. Dolphins are often seen outside the Three Chimneys Restaurant at Colbost. Minke whales and basking sharks are regularly seen off Neist Point from late April until the end of the Summer, with June/July being the peak months.

Even Killer Whales have entered Loch Pooltiel to hunt the seals. Read More

Otters

Otters often hunt for sea urchins on the shore of Loch Pooltiel and they regularly fish for trout in the many burns that flow into the Loch.

Broken sea urchin shells at the shoreline are a sure indicator of their presence. Read More

Orchids

Heath Spotted Orchid
Heath Spotted Orchid.

Some very interesting and unusual plants are common in Milovaig including Heath Spotted Orchid, Fragrant Orchid and Early Purple Orchid.

Carnivorous butterworts and sundews use their sticky leaves to trap passing flies. Bog Asphodel, Ragged Robin, Saxifrages, Spurges, Thrift and Monkey Flower can be found.

Sea-Birds

Black Guillemots are the commonest auk and are resident all year round. Gannets plunge-dive for fish into the Loch in the long Summer evenings. Fulmars nest on the sea cliffs.

Red-breasted Merganser, Eider Ducks, Red-Throated Divers, Great Northern Divers and Black Throated Divers are all regular visitors. Read More

Shore Birds

Oystercatchers, Curlews, Snipe, Common Sandpipers and Rock Pipits are very common around the shoreline of Loch Pooltiel and breed on the heather moorland.

Whimbrels pass through on migration and Golden Plovers are common in Winter.

Bluebells beside Loch Pooltiel
Bluebells flowering beside Loch Pooltiel.

Wild Flowers

Milovaig is renowned for it impressive displays of wild flowers, with the fields beside Loch Pooltiel carpetted with flowers from Spring until late Autumn.

The Primroses and Violets of Spring, give way to beautiful wild bluebells in June and, in turn, to Orchids, Wild Herbs, Vetches and Heathers in Summer.



Atlantic Grey Seal
Grey Seal at Neist Point, Isle of Skye.

Recent Wildlife Sightings

22nd Apr 2019


Twite - Ramasaig
April 2019

There was a constant stream of migrants coming in off the sea from the north-west (North Uist or Harris?) at Ramasaig throughout the day. They were mostly meadow pipits in groups of 5 to 10 arriving every few minutes. There were several swallows and sand martins amongst them. There were several greenland-race wheatears, three white-wagtails and a juvenile ringed plover at Ramasaig Bay. There was a pair of teal, two great northern divers and several manx shearwaters off-shore. There were seven twite at Ramasaig Farm and two more at Borrodale. A skein of 120 pink-footed geese flew North past Ramasaig.

There were 15 ringed plovers at the mouth of the river Hamara at mid-day (Lynden Schofield).

There were 12 ringed plovers on the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 7pm.

A four-hour seawatch at Neist Point produced 98 golden plovers flying south, 140 pink footed geese north, 683 puffins north and 125 manx shearwaters with small numbers of passerines flying south including skylark, meadow pipits, hirundines and goldfinches (per skye-birds.com).

21st Apr 2019

There were two swallows at Feriniquarrie and a greenshank at the head of Loch Pooltiel (Lynden Schofield).

More recent wildlife sightings


Sea Eagles


Sub-Adult White-Tailed Eagle.

Both White-Tailed Eagles and Golden Eagles nest in North-West Skye. Merlins and Sparrowhawks often flash past through cottage gardens in pursuit of bird-table visitors.
Buzzards are the commonest raptor and pose at the roadsides, to the delight of the tourists, who leave Glendale happy to have seen an 'eagle'.

Garden Birds

Wheatears, Stonechats, Twite, Ravens, Hooded Crows, Goldcrests, Redpolls and Cuckoos are common around the Cottages and regularly come into the gardens.

Chaffinches, Greenfinches, Goldfinches and Siskins visit bird feeders and, in Winter, redwings and fieldfares feed on lawns.

Magpie Moth at Milovaig
Magpie Moth in Milovaig.

Shorelife

Sea Anemones and Winkles
Sea Anemones and Winkles at Milovaig.

There are fascinating rock pools near Meanish Pier containing beautiful sea anemones, winkles, crabs and sea urchins.