Walks and Wildlife
Many visitors to Skye and Lochalsh come simply for the walks and wildlife, and here in Tarskavaig we are at the heart of some of the very best scenery in Scotland, and close by to some of the most amazing wildlife. The Cuillin Mountains, across Loch Eishort from Braeside are considered to be the most challenging range of mountains in Britain, but also offer some less energetic walks up some of the lower peaks. If you are not so keen on reaching the dizzy heights of 3000' or more then Sleat and Skye have some wonderful walks, across wild moorland, along rocky shores, or marked trails through the Clan Donald Skye gardens. For those who come to see our magnificent wildlife then there are organised trips of all kinds, on the land and on the sea.
As a suggestion we have shown below some links to websites that are packed full of information for both walks and wildlife, which we hope will be of use, and if you do need any further information or ideas then please get in touch.
Walk Highlands the definitive site for walking and climbing in the Highlands
Clan Donald Skye Nature Trails some great walks around the Armadale Estate
Leitir Fura a great walk in the Foresty Commission land near to Kinloch Lodge Hotel
Gentle Strolls across Skye The Skye Guide's suggestions for strolls in Skye
Visit Scotland's Walks a selection of walks in Skye suggested by Visit Scotland
Walks in Lochalsh an internet guide to walks in Lochalsh
Skye Birds, the best guide to birdlife in Skye and Lochalsh
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, conserving wildlife on the west coast
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Trust, UK wide charity for whales and dolphins
Wild Scotland, a website listing many of the wildlife operators on the west coast
We are fortunate to have some great wildlife watching operators in Skye and Lochalsh, here are some of the best!
Sea-Fari Skye, operating from Armadale Pier, Sleat looking out for whales, dolphins and more
AquaXplore, from Elgol, fast rib trips out to Rum, Canna and Eigg, and Loch Coruisk
Misty Isle, boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, at the heart of the Cuillins
Calums Seal Trips, from Plockton Calum has been running seal trips for 30 years
MV Brigadoon, daily boat trips from Portree Harbour to see the resident sea-eagles
Staffin Bay Cruises, wildlife trips from the village of Staffin in the north of Skye
and if you prefer to see wildlife from the land then the two Estates in south Skye can organise walks across the hills with your camera, perhaps spotting eagles, deer, otters and much much more
Clan Donald Skye, photo-stalking on the Clan Donald Lands Trust Estate
Hotel Eilean Iarmain, estate activities at Fearann Eilean Iarmain
Remember keep your eyes in the sky, on the land and in the water and who knows what you will see. Enjoy!