Bird life:
In Lochaber there is a chance of seeing the largest raptors, Golden and White tailed Eagles. Osprey are summer residents on many local lochs. Four miles from Craigard House a minor road leads down to Kinloch Hourn which can provide a fascinating day for wildlife watching, as the drive goes through many diverse habitats. Loch Garry is a SSSI for nesting Great Northern Divers and the rare Common Scoter, Crested Tits have been seen on the Glengarry forest trails.

Recommended reading is " Best Bird Watching sites in the Scottish Highlands" by Gordon Hamlett. The route described above is recommended in the book.

Mammals:
The Pine Marten, are widespread in the area, seen most times of the day although late evening is the most likely time. Red Squirrels regularly feed of a bird feeder in the wood behind the house, this feeder can be seen from the double room 7 . The area around Invergarry has been designated a Red Squirrel stonghold.
Red Deer are most likely to be seen on the road to Kinloch Hourn, when especially in spring and autum when they come down off the hills in search of food. There are also Sika and Roe Deer in the area, Roe are present in the woods behind Craigard house.
Otters are present in the River Garry, but they're shy and are creatures of the very early morning. However otters are present at Kinloch Hourn and have been seen in mid afternoon in the sea loch.
Least likely to be seen, but Lochaber is one of its strongholds, is the Scottish Wild Cat, as it is very elusive. The best time to see a Wild Cat is either dawn or dusk and in early summer when the females are out hunting in the early morning or late evening to feed her young. On the occassion I have seen them it was evening and near water, the noise of which diguised my presence.
Dolphins and seals can be seen from the shore at Chanonry Point near Inverness, especially on rising tides.

Landscape:
Lochaber has been designated as a geopark and now has it's own web site, www.lochabergeopark.org.uk and has produced a series trail guides to some of the most important areas and are available online

The Isle of Skye is about an hour away with its varied geologic landscapes from basaltic lava flow through to Jurassic rocks which occasionally yield up Jurassic fossils of importance. The isle of Skye also has many places to visit.

 

 



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Craigard Guest House, Invergarry, Inverness-shire, PH35 4HG
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