Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Saturday May 27th, 2023

Seabirds of 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

26th May 2023

There was a greenshank calling from the white beach at 11pm.

21st May 2023

Iceland Gull - Neist Point
May 2023

Bonxie - Neist Point
May 2023

There was a single Iceland Gull on the water at the end of Neist Point and a single bonxie flew south past the point.

Sanderling - Meanish
May 2023

Sanderling - Meanish
May 2023

There were two stunning sanderlings at Meanish in the evening, one of which was colour-ringed.

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.
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