Handa Island

This is a fascinating island and a must for all wildlife lovers in the area. You can reach it easily by ferry from Tarbet during the months April to September.

It is currently run as a nature reserve by the Scottish Wildlife Trust so that gives you a clue as to just how important this little island is to nature lovers.

In the summer months you can see about 100,000 breeding see birds on the island’s dramatic cliffs on the north and west sides. Look out for guillemots, razorbills, skua, kittiwakes, fulmars and puffins on the cliffs. Also while on the island look out for red grouse and the common snipe.

While taking in the magnificent views out to sea look out for dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks.There is a four mile circular path round the island which gives you the best opportunity of seeing all this wildlife as well as the lovely sandy beaches on the south of the island.

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