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Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands

Best Birdwatching Sites in the Scottish Highlands

Gordon Hamlett

(2014) Special birds such as Capercaillie, Dotterel, Ptarmigan, Golden and White-tailed Eagles and Crested Tit draw hundreds of birdwatchers to Scotland every year. Gordon Hamlett has visited every year since the mid-1980s and his first-hand knowledge has enabled him to spotlight no fewer than 27 tours, from Pitlochry in the south to John O'Groats in Caithness, incorporating scores of individual sites, some of which have never been documented before. As with all Buckingham Press site guides, the information on reserves has been checked and approved by wardens and management bodies to ensure accuracy. All the sites mentioned can be visited by car and there are maps of both the road routes and more detailed information for the larger reserves.

  • 217 maps, covering car journeys and all significant birding stops.
  • Up-to-date bird information and a Highlands bird checklist.
  • Birding tips to tell you how to get the most from each site.
  • Advice for wheelchair users and less mobile visitors.
  • In-depth guides to the islands of Mull, Iona, Skye and Handa.
  • A month-by-month guide to birdwatching in the Highlands.

Detailed Contents

PerthshireThe Hermitage; Loch of the Lowes; Glen Quaich and Loch Freuchie; Ben Lawers NNR; Glen Lyon; Killiecranckie and Pitlochry; Rannoch Moor.
Upper DeesideGlenshee; Linn of Dee area; Glen Gairn area; Glen Muick and Lochnagar; Muir of Dinnet; Dinnet Oakwood; Tarland bird hide; Glen Tanar; Forest of Birse.
Loch LagganGlen Roy; Loch Laggan; Creag Meagaidh NNR; Strathmashie Forest : Spey Dam; Newtonmore.
Insh MarshesRuthven Barracks and RSPB reserve centre; River Tromie; Uath Lochans; Loch Insh , Invereshie & Inshriach NNR and Carn Ban More.
CairngormAviemore (Craigellachie NNR) : Loch an Eilein; Rothiemurchus Estate; Loch Morlich; Glenmore Forest Park; Cairngorm.
GlenlivetGlenlivet Estate visitor centre; Glenmulliach Forest; Blairfindy moorland walk; Well of the Lecht; Lecht Ski Centre; Ben Rinnes.
Loch Garten (Speyside)Loch Garten Osprey Centre; Loch Garten and Loch Mallchie; Abernethy Forest and Forest Lodge; Tulloch Moor; Boat of Garten; Carrbridge and Dulnain Bridge; Grantown-on-Spey; Nethy Bridge.
Findhorn ValleyFindhorn Bridge; Findhorn Valley; The Farr Road; Loch Ruthven RSPB reserve.
LochindorbLochindorb; Dulsie Bridge and River Findhorn.
Moray FirthInverness and Inner Moray Firth; Nairn to Culbin; Findhorn Bay; Burghead; Lossiemouth and Loch Spynie; Kingston, Spey Bay and beyond.
North-East AberdeenshireBin Forest; Troup Head RSPB reserve; Kinnaird Head; Loch of Strathbeg; Rattray Head; Ythan Estuary/Forvie NNR.
MullGetting to Mull; Grasspoint and Loch Don; Glen More; Lochs Beg and Scridain; Loch na Keal; Lochs Spelvie and Buie; Carsaig Bay; Bunessan and Uisken; Fionnphort and Fidden area; Iona; Eagle viewing hide; Ulva; Calgary and Caliach Point; Dervaig area; Glengorm; Salen to Tobermory; Staffa, Treshnish Isles and boat trips.
MorvernCorran Ferry and Ardgour; Sallachan Point; Loch Sunart and Glencripesdale; Gleann Geal and Rahoy Hills; Loch Arienas and Kinlochteacuis; Lochaline and Sound of Mull; Kingairloch.
ArdnamurchanStrontian and Ariundle Oakwood; Garbh Eilean bird hide; Glenborrodale area; Kilchoan and Sanna; Point of Ardnamurchan; Acharacle area; wildlife cruises.
Fort William & Loch ArkaigFort William area; Commando Memorial; Chia-Aig waterfalls; Allt Mhuic; Loch Arkaig.
Loch HournSouthern leg; Northern leg.
Isle of SkyeAros Centre and Loch Portree; Loch Mealt and Kilt Rock; The Quiraing; Uig area; Dunvegan Castle; Neist Point; Kylerhea Otter Haven; Broadford Bay; Sleat Peninsula; Glen Brittle; wildlife cruises.
Applecross and TorridonLoch Gowan; Lochcarron; Rassal Ashwood; Loch Kishorn; Pass of the Cattle; Applecross peninsula; Toscaig; Shieldaig; Torridon NTS; Lower Diabaig.
Inverness glensBeauly Firth; Glen Strathfarrar; Glen Cannich; Glen Affric; Corrimony RSPB reserve; Abriachan.
Black IsleMunlochy Bay; Chanonry Point; Fairy Glen RSPB reserve; Cromarty; Udale Bay RSPB reserve; Strathconon; Tollie Red Kite feeding station.
Beinn EigheBeinn Eighe NNR; Loch Maree; Gairloch area; Inverewe Gardens; Gruinard Island and Bay; Dundonnel area.
Loch Fleet & Fearn PeninsulaStruie viewpoint; Loch Buidhe; Loch Fleet NNR; Embo; Tarbet Ness area; Nigg Bay RSPB reserve.
InverpollyUllapool; pelagic trips; Ardmair; Colgach peninsula and Summer Isles; The Wee Mad Road; Little Assynt; Stoer and north coast road.
HandaKylesku; Loch a'Mhuilinn NNR; Scourie; Handa.
North-West SutherlandLairg to Laxford Bridge; Kinlochbervie; Cape Wrath; Durness area; Loch Eriboll; Ben Hope; Kyle of Tongue; Loch Loyal.
LairgLairg; Falls of Shin; Ravens Rock Gorge and Rosehall Forest; Glen Cassley; Dalchork bird hide; Strath Fleet.
Caithness & Flow CountryWildlife cruises; Forinard and Forsinanin area; Broubster Leans RSPB reserve; Dunnet Bay and Forest; St John's Pool and Loch; Dunnet Head RSPB reserve; Loch of Mey; Duncansby Head; Dunbeath.

288 pages.

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