Northwest 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
Below is a list of birds spotted by guests to the Hotel, we hope to increase this every year.
|BUZZARD||ARCTIC SKUA||SKYLARK||MISTLE THRUSH||PEREGRINE|
|COMMON TERN||SONG THRUSH||GANNET||REED WARBLER||REDWING|
|ROCK PIPET||SPOTTED FLY CATCHER||STARLING||WILLOW WARBLER PUFFIN||BLACKBIRD|
|GREY LAG GOOSE||SANDWICH TERN||HOUSE SPARROW||GREY WAGTAIL||TURNSTONE|
|CHAFFINCH||WINCHAT||WHITE THROAT||RAVEN||RED GROUSE|
|LINNET||HOODED CROW WREN||ARCTIC TERN||SNIPE||PINK FOOTED GOOSE|
|OSPREY||REED BUNTING||SISKIN||LITTLE STINT||GOLDEN EAGLE|
|TWITE||KITTIWAKE||WHEATEAR||BLACK HEADED GULL||RAZOR BILL|
|STONE CHAT||SHELL DUCK||WHITE WAGTAIL||MEADOW PIPIT||BLACK GUILLIEMOT|
|CANADA GEESE||OYSTER CATCHER||CURLEW||COMMON SCOTER||REDSHANK|
|RINGED PLOVER||WHOOPER SWAN||GUILLIEMOT||GOLDEN PLOVER||SLAVONION GREBE|
|RED THROATED DIVER||BLACK THROATED DIVER||RING OUZEL||GT. NORTHERN DIVER||BLUE TIT|
|DUNLIN||COMMON GULL||WOOD COCK||GOOSANDER||HERRING GULL|
|GREAT TIT||SANDERLING||GLAUCOUS GULL||LONG TAILED DUCK||DUNLIN|
|GREATER BLACK BACK GULL||WIGEON||GOLDCREST||LESSER BLACK BACK GULL||EIDER|
|CARRION CROW||FULMAR REDPOLL||GREENFINCH||GOLDENEYE||WOOD PIGEON|
|YELLOW BREASTED BUNTING||MALLARD||GREEN SHANK||PIED WAGTAIL||DIPPER|
|CORMORANT||COMMON SANDPIPER||SHAG||ROBIN||ROCK DOVE|
|DUNNOCK||GREY HERON||CORNCRAKE||MUTE SWAN||KESTREL|
|WHIMBREL||SWALLOW||MERLIN||SEDGEWARBLER||RED BREASTED MERGANSER|
|CUCKOO||FIELDFARE||LAPWING||GREAT SKUA||WOOD WARBLER|
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