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Sutherland and North West Scotland is an area of the country which supports a wide variety of wildlife. The Red deer and the Roe deer are indigenous to the area; Foxes are plentiful; Otters, Seals and Golden Eagles are regularly seen around Kylesku; Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises can be spotted from boat trips out of Kylesku or Lochinver; and if you’re lucky then you might even see a Wild Cat, Mountain Hare or Pine Martin.
The area is also a bird-watching paradise with a number of both coastal and inland spots teeming with feathered friends. A few places worth a visit are Handa Island, Stoer Point and Culag Woods
For more information, visit www.discoverassynt.co.uk or discover the Ranger’s Office in Lochinver.
Take a trip on the Handa Ferry and visit Britain’s largest breeding colony of guillemots. The island is also home to puffins, razorbills, skuas, kittiwakes and terns. On the island’s north coast Torridonian sandstone cliffs tower 400feet above the sea. From this dramatic vantage point you may see whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and basking sharks. The ferryman will point out anything of interest on your crossing to Handa. If you are very very lucky you might even see the otter!
The ferry does not operate on Sundays or in bad weather conditions. We recommend you call the operators, Roger (07780 967 800) ahead of your journey.