Birds

There are some fantastic animals & birds to be found roaming, or flying wild within easy travelling distance of the Clan MacDuff Hotel. Here are a few of our favourites so keep your eye out for them on your day trips.

Eagles & Sea Eagles

All year round

Britain’s largest bird of prey, the White Tailed Eagle or Sea Eagle, is a magnificent sight in the West of Scotland. The birds became extinct in Britain in 1918, however a reintroduction scheme began on the island of Mull in 1975 which is now complete, and sea eagles can now be seen on Mull, Skye, and other Western Isles.
Golden Eagles. This majestic “upland” Eagle is aptly named for it’s golden-brown plumage, with head and nape feathers, a slightly lighter gold colour. Living in the wild mountains and glens, the golden eagle is best looked for soaring high over the hillsides of the Scottish highlands.

Ospreys

Spring & Summer

The Osprey has been an ever-rising star of the hooked-beak-and-talons scene since its natural re-colonisation of Scotland began in 1954. Look out for Ospreys in the Highlands from late April until August. They can be watched in their tree-top nests, at various locations including special hides at Loch Garten near Aviemore.

Arctic Terns

Spring & Summer

With its long tail streamers and general shape the arctic tern deserves the local name of “sea swallow”. Appearing white, with a black cap, it is largely coastal, although it can be seen inland on migration. Arctic terns are the ultimate long distance migrants- summer visitors to the UK and winter visitors to the Antarctic.

Gannets

Spring & Summer

Gannets are magnificent seabirds, whose British population occupies many of Scotland’s offshore islands during the breeding season. They breed in significant numbers, but only at a few localities: coastal cliffs and remote islands with cliffs, ledges and slopes. Scotland is home to more than 60% of Europe’s gannets.

Puffins

Spring & Summer

Puffins are most people’s favourite seabird, and Scotland has plenty of great places to view them. Each year nearly a million of these comical auks appear from the open ocean to take up residence in their burrows around the countries coast. Puffins start congregating in the waters around their breeding sites in April and generally lay their eggs in May. Good local places to view puffins are Staffa and the Treshnish Isles off Mull.