Scotland’s big five of golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter and harbour seal can all be found within 25 miles of Fort William and on this safari it’s possible to see them all on the same day.
The Wednesday trip includes a 2 hour cruise on Loch Shiel, taking you into the heart of some of Scotland’s wildest country. Cruises/boat trips can be included in full day safaris on other days, by request.
Leaving Fort William at 08.45, we travel along Loch Eil to Glenfinnan. Here you will join skipper Jim Michie of Loch Shiel cruises on a one way cruise to Acharacle at the south end of the loch. On the way, you’ll be looking out for golden eagles, red deer, sea eagles, hen harrier and black throated divers amongst others. And what Jim doesn’t know about the history of the area hasn’t yet been written!
At Acharacle, on the edge of the Ardnamurchan peninsua, you’ll be met again by Ian MacLeod and the Wild West mini bus. From there we’ll wind our way along Loch Sunart, visiting the Garbh Eilean wildlife hide where we hope to find seals hauled out on the rocks, herons, mergansers, common terns and otters. Here we will enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch whilst enjoying the abundant wildliflife. If time permits we’ll detour round by Kingairloch looking for golden eagle, red deer, hen harriers, divers and the feral goats that feed on the seaweed around rubha nan sornagan.
Crossing the Corran ferry we’ll be looking out for the black guilemots that nest on the old jetty, and perhaps porpoises before making our final stop of the day at Inchree forest, where the forestry commission have set up feeders and a screen to watch the final member of the Big Five, the red squirrel.
Finally, back to Fort William for tea…
Trip lasts approximately 8 hours
Cost: Wednesday trip with cruise. Adults £80.00, Child (under 16) £48.00 (04/04 until 06/10 2016)
Other days, no cruise Adults £65.00, Child (under 16) £40.00
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