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Seals in the Scottish Highlands

Date published: 20/6/2024

Seal spotting in the Highlands

Scotland is home to two species of seals, the grey seal and the common seal. If you’re keen to spot seals during your stay with us at Eagle Brae log cabins, read on for some tips and advice.

Seal bobbing its head out of the water

Best times and places to see seals

It’s possible to see seals at any time of year in Scotland. They spend a lot of time in the sea, and you might see their heads bobbing up and down from a distance. But they do come to shore to rest and also during breeding season. Then you may see them lying on the beach or rocks. With their cute appearance and playful behaviour, seals are beloved animals. Visitors to Scotland are often eager to catch a glimpse of these big-eyed creatures.

For guests staying with us at Eagle Brae, there are a few nearby places where you’re likely to see them. For example, you may spot seals behind our local village, Beauly, on the tidal stretches of the River Beauly. Around a 40-minute drive north will take you to Cromarty Bridge, where they are most easily seen on the north shore after you cross the bridge, near The Storehouse Restaurant. You might also see them by the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, also around a 40-minute drive away.

Wildlife tours and trips

For some expert guidance, why not join a local wildlife tour? Dolphin Trips Avoch and Dolphin Spirit Wildlife Cruises both run wonderful boat trips, based less than an hour’s drive from Eagle Brae. They will take you out in search of dolphins, seals, otters and seabirds.

Harbour seals relaxing on the beaches of Scotland.

Exploring Scottish wildlife at Eagle Brae

Find out more about our local wildlife with these other blogs on red squirrels, pine martens, wild deer, mountain hares, bottlenose dolphins, otters, salmon, owls, ospreys, kingfishers and golden eagles. Then book your log cabin break with us and look forward to a magical wildlife holiday in the Scottish Highlands.

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