'Tigh Haraidh' overlooks one of the best stretches of water in Scotland for watching wildlife in the wild. From the comfort of your cosy sofa you can often see seals, whales, dolphins, otters and a huge variety of bird-life. Skye has seen almost 250 species of birds and is at the heart of some of the best marine life in the country. Keep your eyes on the water and in the sky, you never know what you might see.
We have shown below some local websites for wildlife in the highlands and islands including lists of sightings of the great range of birds and mammals that are seen in Skye and Lochalsh. And to help you enjoy your holiday even more we have shown links to some of the companies that operate wildlife trips in the area. We're always happy to recommend some of the best trips, just drop us an email or give us a call.
Skye Birds: Skye site full of news, pictures and sightings in the west Highlands
The International Otter Survival Fund: Broadford based experts all things otters!
The Whale and Dolphin Trust: Sightings of marine life in the Highlands and Islands
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society: Worldwide charity aiming to protect the marine environment
We have shown below some of the main wildlife tour companies operating in the area and hope this will be useful in planning your holiday.
Elgol Boat Trips: great cruises out of Elgol in the 12 person MV Sea-Eagle
Aquaxplore: Fast rigid inflatable trips from Elgol visiting the Small Isles and the Cuillin
Calum's Seal and Dolphin Trips in Plockton: Great wildlife trips on the 'Sula Mhor'
Bella Jane: Season-long boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk for walking and climbing
MV Stardust: Famous trips to see the sea-eagles on the cliffs close to Portree
MV Brigadoon: Cruises from Portree to the sea-eagles and the Isle of Raasay
Staffin Bay Cruises: Rob Main skippers the 'Sea Eagle' on cruises from Staffin
Divers Eye: Cruises from Stein at Waternish aboard the Elena C
Skyak Adventures: Scotland's best in sea kayaking, from courses, one day paddles to longer wild-cruising excursions