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The Royal an Lochan

Wildlife in and around Tighnabruaich, Cowal and Argyll

Seals and heron outside Royal an Lochan

Argyll wildlife on our doorstep! Basking seals and heron outside Royal an Lochan Hotel in Tighnabruaich.

When out and about in Cowal you are bound to encounter wildlife in some shape or form. Cowal and the wider Argyll area offers a rich and diverse habitat for all creatures great and small.

Walking along the waters edge just outside the hotel Oyster Catchers and other wading birds can be seen as well as Gannets diving spectacularly into the water, Gulls and Terns and during the warmer months of the year marine mammals such as Otters, Dolphins, Porpoises can be seen jumping, playing and swimming in the water. Common and Grey Seals are often spotted basking on the rocks and beach right in front of the hotel. Herons are also regular visitors to our shoreline.

Sea otters Tighnabruach, Kyles of Bute, Argyll

Sea otters on the beach at Tighnabruach, Kyles of Bute, Argyll seen from the Royal an Lochan Hotel.

For bird watchers, Tighnabruaich benefits from not only being on the coast but also surrounded by moorland and a mixture of coniferous and broad-leaved woodland which provides a variety of habitats for land and sea birds.

As well as being a habitat for Red and Roe Deer, Highland Cattle, Pine Martens and Red Squirrels, the inland moor and woodland is the perfect hunting ground for Golden Eagles, Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons and Kestrels.

Other wildlife spotted in the vicinity include Black Grouse, Hen Harriers, Eiders, Crossbills, Bats, Owls and Nightjars.

Did You Know?

Heron fishing in front of the Royal an Lochan

Heron fishing in front of the Royal an Lochan in Tighnabruaich.

  • The Giant Redwoods in Benmore Gardens were established in 1853 and stand over 50m tall.
  • There are seven National Nature Reserves in the Argyll area plus many wildlife centres.
  • The only Wild Beaver population in Scotland is in Knapdale Forest in the heart of Argyll.
  • Pipistrelles are the most common bat found in the Argyll area and can consume over 3000 midges in one night!
  • Argyll Forest Park is a great place to spot the rare Red Squirrel.

Find out more about wildlife sightings in Argyll and the Isles and the best time of year to spot types of birds and animals with the wildlife watching calendar (PDF) courtesy of Get Wild about Argyll.

Argyll Forest Park

Red squirrels in Scotland

Scotland is one of the last strongholds of red squirrels in the UK.

Argyll Forest Park is within very easy reach of Tighnabruaich. Britain’s oldest Forest Park sits right on the great geological barrier known as the Highland Boundary Fault. The park’s 235 sq kms is a bird watcher’s paradise where you can find Eagles, Owls, Hen Harriers, Black Grouse, Deer, Red Squirrels, Otters, Pine Martens, Crossbills and Buzzards.

Glenbranter is a great place to see Argyll’s wildlife and cameras have been installed here to watch red squirrels while the Lochgoilhead forests are teaming with small woodland birds.

Learn more about Argyll Forest Park.

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