NATURE WATCHING AROUND LOCH EWE
Links to some other nature themed and wildlife watching opportunities around the Loch Ewe area. Click on the title of each to go to their website.
Spend an evening in a wildlife hide at Melvaig, looking out for the elusive pine marten that sometimes visits!
Other wildlife that visits the hide includes badgers, red deer and otters.
Join local fisherman and scallop diver Jamie on a trip around Loch Ewe starting from the jetty at Inverewe Garden and sailing round the shores of Loch Ewe.
The cruise will take you along the Inverewe peninsula looking out for wildlife, then over to Boor Island and Skerries on the west of Loch Ewe to view the wildlife there. There will be a short cruise around Poolewe Bay and past Inverewe Garden.
A great way to get up close and personal to marine life!
Your friendly and experienced instructor Cory runs canoeing, sea kayaking and paddleboard activities suitable for all abilities. You can also hire paddleboards or bikes if you want to take your own trip out into nature on sea or land.
Take a trip around Loch Gairloch and discover an amazing world of wildlife above, on and below the water!
Loch Gairloch is a beautiful, natural sea loch, with a pristine sea-bed providing a nursery for the many varieties of plant and animals that live here including starfish, crabs, sea urchins, fish and an amazing array of kelps.
Venture out on a traditional creel fishing boat from Dry Island, Badachro, with fisherman Ian McWhinney, whose family have fished Loch Gairloch for generations.
You will see lobster pots and langoustine creels hauled from the deep and discover a myriad of wildlife from under, on and above the water.
Experience the marine wildlife of Wester Ross with skipper Ian French, a qualified Marine Biologist with decades of experience working and researching the local marine life.
Gairloch and The Minch provide habitat and migratory feeding grounds for a diverse range of marine life, from marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, porpoise and seals to numerous species of seabirds, jellyfish and occasionally other rarities too.
Running from Gairloch, Hebridean Whale Cruises take you out on a fast RIB to the waters of the Minch in search of whales, dolphins and basking sharks.
Also running trips to the Shiant Isles to see thousands of nesting puffins and lots of other seabirds.
Beinn Eighe and Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve is the UK's oldest NNR, set up in 1951. It covers diverse habitats such as the lochs, forest and uplands and there are plenty of walking and wildlife spotting opportunities.
The visitor centre with displays about the reserve, just outside Kinlochewe, is open from May to October, 10am - 5pm; entry is free.
Take a trip out to the Loch Maree Islands with former Beinn Eighe NNR manager Eoghain Maclean to discover the natural history of the loch and its islands.
Eoghain is also a talented wildlife photographer and is passionate about the wildlife of the area. A selection of his photos can be seen on his website.
Explore sheltered sea lochs, wide sandy bays and idyllic lochs surrounded by mountains with your friendly and experienced instructor Conor.
Look out for the local wildlife while you paddle!