Itinerary – Eagles and Otters Break
The following itinerary gives an idea of what to expect this week. Exact locations will vary according to preferences and weather. Remember – some of the best wildlife encounters can be had in inclement weather!
Friday: Arrival. Orientation. Pine marten viewing (which can be seen most evenings).
Saturday: (am/pm) Ardgour and Moidart – After pausing to look for red squirrels at Inchree we cross over to Ardgour on the Corran Ferry. Look for seals, porpoises, otters and seabirds, particularly divers, grebes and black guillemot. Stop off at various locations on Loch Linnhe to look for otters. Cross Glen Tarbet, keeping an eye out for eagles, until we reach the end of Loch Sunart. Stop off at Ardery Point for lunch and walk to the wildlife hide at Garbh Eilean, where we look for otters, seals and heron. Drive around Loch Sunart to Castle Tioram at the end of the River Shiel. Look out for white-tailed sea eagles. Return via Loch Moidart and Loch Ailort, stopping off in various places to scan for wildlife. Return via scenic loop through Glenfinnan.
Sunday: (early). Look for lekking black grouse and then otters near Fort William.
(am) Glen Loy. Explore this lovely glen with a wide mixture of habitats including the original Caledonian Pine Reserve. Walk up the glen to look for eagles, raven and deer.
(pm) Glen Roy. We drive up the glen looking for raptors, particularly golden eagle. Admire the stunning scenery of the Parallel Roads. Other wildlife includes red and sika deer, and a variety of bird life, with the possibility of returning migrants. If time, visit Glen Gloy for further possible eagle viewing.
Monday: (am/pm) Morvern and Kingairloch. Once more cross the Corran Ferry. Have a short walk up Glen Gour to see whooper swan and other birds, including golden eagle. We then take the Kingairloch loop that takes us right by the side of Loch Linnhe, looking for raptors, divers, otters, twite and even wild goats. We drive down into Morvern, pausing at Plantation Corner to scan for raptors and have lunch. We stop at Loch Aline, and have a short walk, looking for sea eagles and otters. We then visit Loch Teacuis, to look for more evidence of otters, before returning via the head of Loch Sunart. where we also search for otters. Return via Loch Eil, if time.
Tuesday: Depart after breakfast.
Itinerary for the break may change depending on what we have already seen and the weather
Other options: Arisaig and Mallaig, Loch Arkaig