Opportunities for wildlife watching on the Isle of Skye

Wildlife watching on Skye has something for everyone. Many guides also offer photographic tips. Trips and tours vary from intimate 1:1 excursions to small groups in mini buses or on boats. Many tours can be made to suit, we recommend you contact the operator and discuss your needs. Some trips can be “overnighters” and involve wild camping – how good is that?! Here is a selection of operators, check out their websites and give them a call …………….


Stewart Dawber and Skye High Wild Life have a passion for creating new images of iconic Scottish wildlife while tracking, watching and identifying behaviours and personalities.

Working on the west coast of Scotland tends to test photographic and wildlife spotting skills to the limit, ever changing weather and vast wild landscapes.  An otter is easy to spot in calm water but amazing to see in a stormy sea with a butterfish in it’s jaws. Identifying and viewing majestic Eagles both Golden and White tailed are part of a day out while making sure the birds are not disturbed.

Getting close enough to animals can be a challenge but with years of field craft experience and patience Skye High Wild life can help you to catch the perfect image.


Photo stalking –  If you would like to capture images of rare wild life and breath-taking land and seascapes then Skye Ghillie can be your guide with their offer of Family and bespoke packages.

Wilderness Adventures – What better way to experience Skye’s beauty and wildlife than by spending a night or two outdoors – set up a comfortable camp, build a fire and discover some basic survival skills.

Fly & shoreline fishing – If you’re fishing for the first time, an experienced angler trying your hand in Skye, or simply looking for a way of entertaining the family, Mitchell has a fishing trip that will fit the bill.


Andy and Wendy Mclean have been watching and recording wildlife for over 30 years. Their tours have an excellent record of seeing two of Scotland’s most iconic species, the Golden Eagle and the Otter. There are seasonal variations in what you may see and experience. Although all tours are land based there are plenty of options to see aquatic life. While nothing is guaranteed with wildlife, tours manage regular sightings of Red Deer, Seals, Hen Harriers and Great Northern Divers. Rare sightings like a wandering Osprey are also possible.

The Tours are designed to see wildlife from the roadside without the need for long walks, however if tour members are up for it, then a short stroll can be arranged.

Tours can be run in low cloud, heavy rain, and gale force winds, and still manage great sightings – particularly of Otters. In reality it’s rare to have a whole day of bad weather, and often there are spectacular sightings as the weather finally breaks and the wildlife comes out.


Aquaexplore, based in Elgol,  offer wildlife watching trips from either a rib boat or comfortable heated cabin cruiser – it just depends what type of marine experience you are looking for! With trips of varying duration to Eigg, Canna and Rum there are opportunities to see Basking Sharks, Minke Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoise, as well as spending time ashore on smaller islands off Skye. Excursions vary from and hour and a half to full days excursions with prices to fit all budgets.