The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


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 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


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.


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 Sep 2019

There was a minke whale close to shore, west of Pooltiel fish farm, together with at least 6 harbour porpoises, late morning.

Common Redstart- Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Treecreeper - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Reed Bunting - Lower Milovaig
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

Yellow-Legged Gull - Meanish
September 2019

There was a common redstart in the gardens at 1 and 2 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is the first record in Glendale since 1986. There was a treecreeper in the garden at 1 Lower Milovaig at mid-day. This is only the second record in Milovaig, the last being 15 years ago. There was a female reed bunting with a flock of 18 twites on the top road in Lower Milovaig, late morning. This is only the third record for Reed Bunting in Milovaig. An unidentified small, yellow warbler was glimpsed briefly on the slope down to the pier, late morning.

The yellow-legged gull put on a great show at Meanish around 6pm, coming for fish guts.


17th Sep 2019

There was an adult white-tailed eagle over the white beach at Lower Milovaig at 8:30am.

Yellow-Legged Gull - Milovaig
September 2019

The yellow-legged gull was on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel at 6:45pm.

There were two adult white-tailed eagles perched on Scorr Farm, close to the shed, early evening. Two juvenile white-tailed eagles were over the Minch, off Dunvegan Head, early evening, and flew across the Minch towards Harris.

16th Sep 2019

The yellow-legged gull was roosting on the white beach at Lower Milovaig, late evening.

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.


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.