The Highlands include some of the most beautiful upland scenery in Scotland, from rugged high mountains to deep sea lochs. There are also some of the best examples of the ancient Caledonian pinewoods that used to fill most glens, and the great area of open peat land known as the Flow Country. Each of these provides opportunities to see special birds and other wildlife.
Ben Eighe National Nature Reserve
Situated amongst remnants of ancient Caledonian pinewood, Beinn Eigh Reserve, looking onto Loch Marie, is surrounded by impressive mountain scenery. It’s also home to a diversity of wildlife, including golden eagle, red deer and pine martens.
The area is rich in many kinds of bird life although not all of it can be easily seen! On shore, the mudflats, saltmarshes and beaches support many different species of wading birds, ducks and other birds which feed on fish, shellfish and invertebrates.
Corrimony RSPB Reserve
Situated on the A831 east of Cannich
The extensive mudflats are of great importance to wintering waders and wildfowl.
This nature reserve is home to heronries, migrating geese and a host of wading birds and wildfowl.
A few miles from Cromarty on the north road, this nature reserve is among the best estuarine mudflats in the country. A mecca for birdwatchers who come to see countless ducks and geese.
Black Isle Wildlife & Country Park
If you are interested in animals and birds or just countryside, you will enjoy a visit to this quiet corner of the Black Isle, ideal place for all the family. Contact by telephone on 01463 731656 for further information.
The Moray Firth has one of the largest dolphin (Tursiops Truncatas) populations in the world. Ecoventures offer you the best opportunity of seeing these beautiful mammals in their own environment on their own terms.
Loch Ness Monster
A 50 minute drive will take you to the head of Loch Ness where you can start to explore for the Loch Ness Monster. There are a couple of exhibitions which you can visit and find out the facts and myths which surround Loch Ness.
Red Kite Viewing Centre
View Red Kites on their nests through microwave link-up in the Tourist Information Centre at North Kessock. Telephone 01463 731505 for further information