Stag Cottage - Wildlife

Self catering holiday accommodation in Ardnamurchan

Pride of place must go to the Pine Marten - filmed here in Glen Hurich for BBC Nature Watch - and with Sea Eagles close by in Loch Shiel, this is a paradise for seeing rare species.

 

Stag Cottage Sea Eagle
Sea Eagle: courtesy of John Pear

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Together, Ardnamurchan and Sunart occupy approximately 50 sq miles in which there are only 2000 human inhabitants: so it's no surprise that this is home to thousands of birds, animals and plants - including some very rare UK species.

Pride of place must go to the Pine Marten which is a resident in Glen Hurich and regularly seen close to the cottage. The BBC chose this location to capture their footage of this rare UK species for Autumn Watch. Other mammals to look out for include red and roe deer, otters and red squirrels.

The bird life is pretty spectacular too; sea eagles around Loch Shiel and Loch Sunart; golden eagles in Glen Hurich; coveys of ptarmigan on the high mountains; all the other main raptors; cross bills, gold crests and crested tits in the forests. The many fresh and sea water lochs offer a different bird watching experience with lots more species to look out for.

And the sea at Loch Sunart could be the start of a real maritime adventure - where otters and seals are regularly spotted. Whilst trips from Ardnamurchan search for minke whales, basking sharks, dolphin, porpoise, sunfish and even orca.
                                                    
In this unpolluted, unhurried and uncrowded environment there's so much to see - rare butterflies; rare plants - the list is endless. And it's so peaceful.

Availability is from Saturday to Saturday - throughout the year.

Pine Marten

Red Squirrel

Pearl bordered

Stag Cottage, Polloch, Glenfinnan PH37 4LX      OS Land Ranger ref NM818 675
Email: glenhurichholiday@btinternet.com      Tel: Liz and Richard Hallam on 01629 734066 or 07932 687 967