Wildlife

The settlements of Gairloch and Loch Ewe are surrounded by some of the wildest country in the UK, with magnificent crags and mountain ranges on all sides. This wilderness is the land of large birds of prey, the golden and white-tailed eagle, and the last stronghold of the Scottish wildcat. The coastal waters are also home to marine mammals including resident seals and visiting dolphin, minke whale and orca in the Summer.

For an experienced guide, Walk and Wild , based at Melvaig have a range of guided walks and activities with an ecologist, including seashore foraging, eagle watching, and bat walks. Marine wildlife can be spotted from a boat, depending on season with Hebridean Wildlife Cruises. For an insight into the underwater life around the coast, the highly rated Sealife glass bottom boat runs from Gairloch Pier throughout the season. The boat is skippered by an experienced and knowledgeable guide.The National Trust for Scotland has several trails for different abilities through the Inverewe Estate at Poolewe, including a shorter pinewood trail and longer walk around Kernsary loch with views to the wilderness beyond. They have a programme of wildlife events with a Ranger throughout the year. The Highland Ranger Service also organises a comprehensive programme of wildlife  walks and activities throughout the year.

20m from Gairloch, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve at Kinlochewe surrounds the quartzite peaks of Beinn Eighe and is an ongoing project in restoring the Caledonian pinewood, with associated woodland species. There is a Visitor Centre and self-guided trails of varying difficulty, including a Mountain Trail which visits the upper levels.

 Wester Ross Environment Network website has a calendar of wildlife events throughout the Wester Ross area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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