With a landmass covering 535 square miles, at no point more than 5 miles from the sea and lochs penetrating deep inland towards a spectacular mountain mass, Skye allows you to experience a whole range of species in an unsurpassed setting.

It is quite possible to sit with Golden Eagles and Ptarmigan on the Cuillins and with a good scope, watch rafts of Manx Shearwaters on Loch Scavaig below. It is equally possible to see either Golden Eagles or White Tails from virtually any public road on Skye. The scattered crofting communities of Skye are host to a wide range of species and the towns of Broadford, Kyleakin, Portree and Dunvegan, provide shelter from the vagaries of the weather and additional feeding opportunities. Garden birds may include Twite and Reed Bunting as well as regular appearances by Wheatear, Whinchat, Stonechat, Raven and Merlin.  Rarities regularly turn up at garden feeders.  It is therefore well worth looking out for birds anywhere on the island.  As many species are under-recorded, and many areas totally unwatched, your observations could be vitally important for future conservation.

The following are examples of sites which have been watched regularly over the last few years.  All can be viewed easily, but a good telescope is certainly helpful as many are coastal sites.  Some of these sites , but not all are on the SOC 'Where to watch birds in Scotland' App.  For sites in neighbouring areas of Highland we recommend you download this App.