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Top things to do in Spring

  1. Walk along the sea cliffs to see the golden eagles displaying
  2. Listen for choughs as they call and tumble like acrobats above the sea
  3. Join one of the weekly guided walks

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Watch choughs feeding their young along the cliff tops
  2. Enjoy the fantastic scenery and magnificent views across to Rathlin Island and Northern Ireland
  3. Look for seabirds, bottle-nosed dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Look out for the arriving Greenland white-fronted geese around Loch Kinnabus
  2. Watch for the golden eagles as they teach their young how to ride the thermals
  3. In late summer and early autumn, look for marsh fritillary butterflies along the footpaths

Top things to do in Winter

  1. See large flocks of farmland birds feeding on the cover crops and stubble fields, including twites, linnets, reed buntings and even the occasional snow bunting
  2. Look for birds of prey - such as golden eagles, hen harriers, merlins, peregrines, sparrowhawks, kestrels and short-eared owls - hunting farmland birds
  3. Enjoy wild seas, fantastic panoramas and bands of weather racing by. Shelter by the monument and wrap up warm!

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  • Whitefront Geese in Flight
  • Barnacle Geese at dawn
  • Ardnave Point
  • Saligo Bay
  • Greenland Barnacle Geese
  • Dawn across the Gruinart Flats
  • Machir Bay

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Feeding flock of barnacle geese, RSPB Loch Gruinart reserve, Islay

Loch Gruinart

The place to watch thousands of geese in winter, or displaying waders in spring

Southern cliffs of Rathlin Island

Rathlin Island

Rathlin boasts Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony and panoramic coastal views

Pink-footed goose profile

Hesketh Out Marsh

Instead of featureless fields, we now have a thriving tidal wetland full of wildlife

Golden eagle

Islay's golden eagles

Let us introduce you the powerful golden eagles of The Oa.

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