For many years now we have had two weeks holiday in Scotland in May, bad luck with weather caused a rethink this year and we opted to move to a bit later in the year.
With a week each in Grantown on Spey and then Torloisk on the Isle of Mull there was much to look forward to as we took a familiar route north. Our first cottage was just outside Grantown on Spey and close to a moorland, a short drive took us to Lochindorb which proved to be a constantly reliable site for ospreys, not close but unmistakeable and a great start! and puffins in the second week!
Being close to Loch Garten we called in regularly and even if the osprey action was a bit slow there are usually great spotted woodpeckers about.
Chanonry Point is one our favourite places to see bottlenose dolphins, it can be busy with many photographers claiming a prime spot and it can take time and patience but it can also be spectacular.
On our visit just one adult with a juvenile came in but it was still a very special experience!
The weather calmed and the crossing was a bit damp for those who prefer the outside decks but a nice switch off from driving.
Our cottage at Torloisk was a few miles above the Ulva Ferry turning and set next to a lovely deciduous wood, a sighting of golden eagle from the cottage gave rise to much optimism.
White tailed sea eagles are not too difficult to spot when they perch in open view!
Approaching Staffa the entrance to the famous Fingles Cave comes into view.
Looking out from Lunga shoreline...
We had some patient and lengthy searches for otters and with only a couple of days to go we decided to concentrate at a favoured spot by Loch na Keal...patience pays, one of the things I try to teach people is sticking with patience, lose it and people become over eager and fall into bad habits whether life or wildlife.
You also need luck though and eventually we got some!
The next day was even better...
Red deer hinds
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