northern highlands
skye & lochalsh
inverness, loch ness & nairn
aviemore & cairngorms
fort william & lochaber

Highland animals

Any visitor driving up the A9 has a chance of seeing Britain's largest land mammal, the red deer - unless summer heat has made them retreat to the higher mountain corries.

Similarly, from the same road along the inner Cromarty Firth, even the casual observer should spot basking seals on the rocks. In short, some Highland wildlife is easy to spot - and more than one western seaboard hotel with a shoreline outlook boasts that otters are frequently seen from the dining room!

There is also a Speyside visitor centre whose bird tables are visited daily by photogenic red squirrels - and plenty of other woodlands where this charming animal is conspicuous (take a walk round Grantown-on-Spey, for example). However, not all wildlife is quite so cooperative. It takes luck, sometimes, to encounter a pine marten, the shy denizen of the old pinewoods, and it could be that your wildcat sighting will just be a glimpse in the headlights as you drive through some northern glen.

But from roe deer at the woodland edge to otters foraging along the tide-line, be ready with your eyes open (and your camera handy) for a Highland wildlife encounter. logo