The west coast of Scotland is a fantastic place to watch some of the best wildlife in the UK. Around Plockton Bay, you may be lucky and see otters playing and catching fish along the shore. Plockton is home to several hundred common seals and a trip on Calum’s seal trips is a must, to see them basking on the rocks. Nearby over the hills, you may be lucky to see golden eagles or the huge white-tailed eagles soaring along the coastline. At night pine martens can sometimes be seen hunting for prey in the nearby woods.
The Bright Water Visitor Centre, set on the pier at Kyleakin on Skye, opposite Kyle of Lochalsh, is dedicated to local wildlife and the local history of the area, with activities for visitors of all ages, and a shop selling quality local products and handmade crafts.
Guided walks are available on Eilean Ban, the White Island, underneath the Skye Bridge. A warden will guide you through the island’s history and show you the wildlife hide, the nature trail to the lighthouse, and the cottage once occupied by Gavin Maxwell, author of Ring of Bright Water, and famed otter naturalist.