Nature and wildlife on Skye
You will have good opportunities on Skye to experience the great outdoors up close and personal. We took the photos, linked below to our Google+ page, fairly close to Pooltiel House. The speeding dolphins on top of this page were photographed from a small boat, after a fishing trip in Loch Dunvegan and with some luck you can spot the dolphins from the kayak (link below).
Whales can be seen from or around the Neist Point area and over the water from Pooltiel House is Dunvegan Head, where the eagles live. You can see them from the house with your binoculars as they cruise over the Loch and sometimes you can even see them from the garden of Pooltiel House.
It’s a great experience to take a boat trip from Elgol. The drive from Pooltiel House brings you across Skye and, as you approach Elgol, around Loch Slapin. Furthermore Elgol has spectacular views towards the Cuillin mountains and Loch Coruisk. You can choose from several trips at Elgol, but we really like the one with the RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) because it will take you out to Rum and Canna. Also recommended is Gordon MacKay from DIVERS EYE. Gordon operates from the Stein Jetty at Waternish so you can easily reach him from the house. Therefore with a short drive by car from Pooltiel House you can be out on the water and looking for whales, dolphins and seals. You can find more photos on our FLICKR page or on our GOOGLE+ page.
Pictures to inspire
You can find a small selection here. For instance:
- WHALE meet and greet at the Neist Point cliffs, close to Pooltiel House.
- DOLPHINS videod from a kayak in Loch Dunvegan.
- BASKING SHARK photographed during a walk at Neist Point.
- EAGLE shot from the garden as it flew over Pooltiel House.
- SEAL that came close at Neist Point.
- DEER photographed from the kitchen of Pooltiel House.
From Pooltiel House on Skye you can visit some well known other points of interest. The Cuillin mountains, Dunvegan Castle, Coral Beaches, Talisker Distillery, the Fairy Pools and the Quiraing are nearby. Uig is also easy to reach, so a trip by ferry to visit the Western Isles of Harris, Lewis, Uist and Barra from Pooltiel House is very much possible.