Near Loch Ness
The Highland wildlife in the Inverness area when you stay with us on the Highland Lassie can vary from the smallest otters to the largest stags. If you are looking for Scottish boat holidays near Loch Ness, then wildlife spotting amongst the beautiful scenery will undoubtedly be an important part of your break.
Some animals are rarer to see than others. It might be tricky to spot a red squirrel, but easier – although not any less impressive – to get a photo of a Highland coo. Here are some animals that you might be able to spot on your trip to Scotland. Can you mark any of these off your to-see checklist?
So Much To See
So get exploring
Dolphins & Porpoises
There are a few types of dolphin in Scottish waters, including the bottlenose and common dolphin. A close relative, the harbour porpoise, can also be seen. You might catch a dolphin jumping out of the water if you are lucky!
Did you think there were no whales in Scotland? If so then you are in for a surprise! The Minke Whale is one of the smaller members of the family, but still make for an awe-inspiring watch. These are quite rare creatures to spot. They might leave British waters in the winter (nobody really knows) so summer is the best spotting time.
Birds of Prey
Soaring the Skies
Often seen soaring above Scotland, Buzzards are most often observed circling in the air narrowing in on their prey. Their distinctive call can alert you to their presence well before you see them. They can often be seen in pairs.
Of all Highland wildlife, we Scots have a special place in our hearts for the golden eagle, a bird that inspires both pride and awe. It’s a huge bird, up to a metre in length and a wingspan of well over two metres. So it’s a stirring sight to spot one of them soaring over the glens and mountains, and well worth waiting for.
Ospreys are fishing birds, and as such they are found around our lochs and reservoirs. There are various sites you can visit to spot them at work, and can be seen in Scotland from April to September. They are expert fish hunters – be sure to bring your camera for some amazing shots as they leap up out of the water with their catch.
Stay on a boat and experience Scottish wildlife
Have we whetted your appetite for a holiday with a difference? If we have, then we’d love to welcome you onboard the Highland Lassie. There is so much Highland wildlife to see around Inverness and Loch Ness that the Highland Lassie is the perfect base for your adventures.Contact Us
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