Bird of Prey Trail - North Harris Eagle Observatory

Meavaig, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AW

Type:Bird of Prey Trail

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Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell
  • Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell
  • White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell
  • Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

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Opened in 2012 by the North Harris Trust, this is the only purpose-built viewing facility for golden eagles in Scotland. The Observatory is an attractive building commanding spectacular views up the glen from which you can watch the daily activities of the resident pair of golden eagles. There is information about the eagles at the Observatory and at certain times the North Harris Ranger will be on hand to help locate the eagles and other wildlife in the area. The observatory is open to the public all year round.

Golden eagles are the main attraction at this location but sea eagles are also regularly seen in the area, particularly during the autumn and winter when they frequent the glen in search of deer carrion and spent salmon. A pair of merlins usually breed in the glen and buzzards and kestrels are often seen at the start of the track.

When to visit?

The pair of golden eagles are resident in Glen Miavaig throughout the year and are most active in the early Spring. Sea eagles are most often seen during Autumn and Winter.

Other Wildlife

Red deer graze on the higher slopes. Greenshank, golden plover and red-throated diver are often seen in the glen.

How to get there?

The Observatory is located in North Harris, 7 miles to the North-West of Tarbert. Three miles north of Tarbert on the A859, take the B887 turnoff towards Husinis. Follow this road 4 miles west until you reach Meavaig where there is a car park and a gated 4X4 track leading up glen Meavaig. The Eagle observatory is a 2km walk up the track from the car park.

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