Caravan & Camping
White-tailed eagle soaring close to a tree line © Sands Caravan and Camping
Encompassing a 1 km range from the campsite our diverse surrounding landscape of sea shore, remote hills, and rugged farm land is home to a variety of local wildlife including the mighty white tailed eagled.
The white-tailed eagle first arrived in Wester Ross during the 1990’s following a successful reintroduction programs on the Isle of Rum and Mull, and with an impressive 8ft wingspan an adult is the UK’s largest bird of prey. These impressive apex predators are regularly spotted from the campsite soaring above our adjacent hill line, and with our local area resident to a breeding pair and a confident juvenile. A short venture along our farm track leads into their predatory range and this territory provides the ideal location to get sight of these magnificent birds feeding, effortlessly soaring overhead, or interacting with buzzards, ravens, and hooded crows.
Other short walks in the area include our scenic circular path and nearby Sands farm track that in addition to eagle sightings offer a variety of dragonflies, butterflies, and ground nesting birds, with the terrain also providing those with a keen eye an opportunity to spot a slow worm, newt, or stoat.
If you have a kayak, you can enjoy chance encounters with a visiting dolphin, porpoise, or resident seal on the short paddle to Longa Island where sightings of feeding seabirds and divers are virtually guaranteed. The campsite is also home to a breeding sand martin colony and a rare population of sand burrowing bees, while the Sand river estuary is a popular location for various wading birds and occasional roaming otter.
Whether you’re a keen enthusiast or an interested beginner the area provides something for everyone and the sight of a white-tailed soaring overhead is enough to thrill even the more seasoned wildlife experts.