Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Thursday February 22nd, 2024

Seabirds of 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

20th Feb 2024

There was a merlin chasing a rock pipit on the steps at Neist Point at mid-day.

19th Feb 2024

There were four juvenile white-tailed eagles together over Neist Point at mid-day. The fulmars are now fully back on the nesting ledges. There were two skylarks at Waterstein.

13th Feb 2024

There were three skylarks at Neist Car Park. The first meadow pipit of the spring was on Neist Point. The fulmars were back and inspecting the nesting ledges. The common guillemots and herring gulls were back on the nesting ledges for the first time this year. There were two adult white-tailed eagles chasing fulmars by the Stallion's Head.

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.
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