The Big Five
At a Glance
About the tour
Scotland’s Big Five are the Golden Eagle, Red Deer, Red Squirrel, Otter and Harbour Seal. All of which can be found within 25 miles of Fort William.
On this safari, it’s possible to see them all on the same day.
Intinerary & what to expect
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. 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 peninsula, 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. Here we hope to find seals hauled out on the rocks, herons, mergansers, terns and otters. From the hide we will enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch whilst enjoying the abundant wildlife. If time permits we’ll detour round by Kingairloch looking for golden eagle, red deer, hen harriers, and feral goats.
Crossing the Corran ferry we’ll be looking out for the black guillemots 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.