Wildlife in the area
The Highlands of Scotland are famous throughout the world for their spectacular scenery, rugged mountains and fantastic wildlife. The mountains and coast around Dornie and Skye have many rare and unique species of birds and animals. One of the most popular animals is the Eurasian Otter which although shy and elusive can often be seen fishing along the nearby coast.
Although sometimes confused with seals, otters are much smaller and the flick of their tail as they dive is a good means of identifying them in the sea. At Kylerhea on Skye there is a free wildlife hide owned by the Forestry Commission where otters can sometimes be seen and Broadford is the home of the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) where injured otters are cared for and rehabilitated to the wild.
Seals are another favourite mammal and over the last decade numbers have increased greatly in the local sea lochs. Both Common and Atlantic grey seals are present and they can usually be spotted all along the coast. For a closer view boat trips are available to the seal colonies from nearby Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton.
Golden eagles are often spotted soaring over the mountains searching for prey and this year we were fortunate to have a pair nest near the house. Peregrine falcons also nest on the cliffs of Carr Brae and they are seen most days hunting in the garden of Falcon's cliff. Another rarity is the white tailed sea eagle, a huge bird that nests in small numbers on Skye. The Aros Centre near Portree has a live camera on a sea eagle nest and an information exhibition. There are a number of boat trips during the summer to see these magnificent birds and visitors can sometimes feed them with fish from these boats.
Red deer live in the surrounding woods and on the hills in large numbers. During winter herds off over 100 are often seen along the roadside near Cluanie and in October the hills resound with the deep roar of the stags as the rutting season begins. The more secretive and shy roe deer are also found in the woods around Falcon's Cliff and can sometimes be seen eating the flowers in the garden.