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otter.jpgNorthwest Sutherland on the rugged, beautiful, West coast of Scotland, is one of the remaining wildernesses in the British Isles. This sparsely populated land is a perfect habitat for wildlife and birds who use its heather, rock and sandy terrain to make homes.

Next to the Hotel, the River Rhiconich flows down from between Arkle and Foinaven to meet the sea at Loch Inchard where Otters and Grey Herons make their homes along the rocky banks. There is rarely a moment through the day when these elegant birds cannot be picked out, although well camouflaged against the rocky shoreline. There are also Goosanders, Mergansers, Eiders and other species nesting in this immediate area.

Seals can occasionally be seen from the Hotel at very high tide, but you are ensured an appearance at the nearby fishing port of Kinlochbervie looking for an easy supper from the fishing boats landing their catch. It is only the very lucky or the early riser who can catch the Otters before they disappear out of sight from the disturbances of the day.

There are herds of Red Deer running freely in the mountains and they can be seen at sea level more during the winter months looking for food, they are the biggest traffic hazard to motorists.

Nearby is the Scottish Wildlife Trust, Handa Isle bird sanctuary which can be reached by a short ferry ride from the picturesque hamlet of Tarbet. The island is home to breeding colonies of Puffins, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Fulmars, Great & Arctic Skuas and Guillemots who use every nook and cranny of the sea cliffs to make nests for their eggs. The Laxford sea cruise, sailing out of Fanagmore daily, show this magnificent sight from another angle out at sea. The knowledgeable boatman knows all the best photography spots.

About 15 miles drive from the Hotel there is another boat trip on a vessel called the Statesman where you can see seal colonies as well as birds and usually a Golden Eagle. The boat sails up to the highest waterfall in the British Isles, Eas-an-Coul, a spectacular sight when in full flow.

Below is a list of birds spotted by guests to the Hotel, we hope to increase this every year.

BUZZARDARCTIC SKUASKYLARKMISTLE THRUSHPEREGRINE
COMMON TERNSONG THRUSHGANNETREED WARBLERREDWING
ROCK PIPETSPOTTED FLY CATCHERSTARLINGWILLOW WARBLER PUFFINBLACKBIRD
GREY LAG GOOSESANDWICH TERNHOUSE SPARROWGREY WAGTAILTURNSTONE
CHAFFINCHWINCHATWHITE THROATRAVENRED GROUSE
LINNETHOODED CROW WRENARCTIC TERNSNIPEPINK FOOTED GOOSE
OSPREYREED BUNTINGSISKINLITTLE STINTGOLDEN EAGLE
TWITEKITTIWAKEWHEATEARBLACK HEADED GULLRAZOR BILL
STONE CHATSHELL DUCKWHITE WAGTAILMEADOW PIPITBLACK GUILLIEMOT
CANADA GEESEOYSTER CATCHERCURLEWCOMMON SCOTERREDSHANK
RINGED PLOVERWHOOPER SWANGUILLIEMOTGOLDEN PLOVERSLAVONION GREBE
RED THROATED DIVERBLACK THROATED DIVERRING OUZELGT. NORTHERN DIVERBLUE TIT
DUNLINCOMMON GULLWOOD COCKGOOSANDERHERRING GULL
GREAT TITSANDERLINGGLAUCOUS GULLLONG TAILED DUCKDUNLIN
GREATER BLACK BACK GULLWIGEONGOLDCRESTLESSER BLACK BACK GULLEIDER
CARRION CROWFULMAR REDPOLLGREENFINCHGOLDENEYEWOOD PIGEON
YELLOW BREASTED BUNTINGMALLARDGREEN SHANKPIED WAGTAILDIPPER
CORMORANTCOMMON SANDPIPERSHAGROBINROCK DOVE
DUNNOCKGREY HERONCORNCRAKEMUTE SWANKESTREL
WHIMBRELSWALLOWMERLINSEDGEWARBLERRED BREASTED MERGANSER
CUCKOOFIELDFARELAPWINGGREAT SKUAWOOD WARBLER

Take a closer look at the puffins on Handa Island.

Enjoy the wildlife in spectacular form with Scourie Wildlife Cruises.