Wildlife safaris in the Scottish Highlands

Tel: 01809 501355

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e-mail: ian@wildwestsafari.co.uk



Join Wild West and Loch Shiel Cruises to look for the “Big Five”

For the year of Natural Scotland 2013, Visit Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage have joined together to showcase the very best of Scotland’s wildlife. There are few places in the country where all of the Big Five of red deer, golden eagle, harbour seal, red squirrel and otter can be found. However, Wild West offer a unique opportunity to search for all these species and much more in a single day.

Leaving Fort William at 08.45 (See other information below for the departure point), we travel along Loch Eil to Glenfinnan. Here you will join skipper Jim Michie of Loch Shiel cruises on a one way cruise to Acharacle at the south end of the loch. On the way, you’ll be looking out for golden eagles, red deer, sea eagles, hen harrier and black throated divers amongst others. And what Jim doesn’t know about the history of the area hasn’t yet been written!

At Acharacle, on the edge of the Ardnamurchan peninsua, you’ll be met again by Ian MacLeod and the Wild West mini bus. From there we’ll wind our way along Loch Sunart, visiting the Garbh Eilean wildlife hide where we hope to find seals hauled out on the rocks, herons, mergansers, common terns and otters. Here we will enjoy a leisurely picnic lunch whilst enjoying the abundant wildliflife. If time permits we’ll detour round by Kingairloch looking for golden eagle, red deer, hen harriers, divers and the feral goats that feed on the seaweed around rubha nan sornagan.

Crossing the Corran ferry we’ll be looking out for the black guilemots that nest on the old jetty, and perhaps porpoises before making our final stop of the day at Inchree forest, where the forestry commission have set up feeders and a screen to watch the final member of the Big Five, the red squirrel.

Finally, back to Fort William for tea...

Adults £80.00 each Under 16’s £48.00 Price includes boat and ferry fares

This trip runs Wednesdays only due to Loch Shiel Cruises timetabe. Other "Big Five" safaris can be arranged.

Other information

Trips leave from the car park beside Neptunes staircase, Banavie, at the junction of the A830 and B8004 where there is ample car parking space. Other local pick up points can be arranged.

Some trips involve some short, easy walking. Stout footwear and warm waterproof clothing are recommended.

Whilst the mini bus is not adapted for wheelchairs, some of the trips are suitable for the not so mobile. Please call to discuss and we can make sure you join a suitable trip.

For day trips, there is a cafe/restaurant at Acharacle or you can bring a packed lunch.

Binoculars and spotting scope are available on the minibus for client use. Loch Shiel Cruises have binoculars on the boat

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Well behaved dogs are welcome by arrangement but MUST be kept on a lead when out of the vehicle/boat

Bookings are strongly advised but some places may be avialble at short notice

The species listed are an example of those regularly seen on “Wild West” trips. Many other species inhabit the area. Wild West make no guarantees as to what, if any species will be seen on a trip. Sightings will vary depending on time year


Tel: 01809 501355 e-mail: ian@wildwestsafari.co.uk






Sileas arriving at Acharacle


Red deer


On Safari