Otter - Maaruig

Maaruig, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

Type:Flora and Fauna - Otters

Add Otter - Maaruig to your Itinerary

Product Image

Book Tickets Online

About

The otter is a large mammal approximately 1 meter long with a shallow body and short legs. The otter is a similar shape to, but much larger than the american mink which is also found on the island. On harris the otters spend most of their time on or close to the shore where they feed largely on fish, eels and crabs. Otters are also found on fresh water and are particularly active in areas where rivers meet the sea. Otters have regular path which are often well defined. They are solitary animals for much of the time but mothers are often seen together with 1-3 cubs. Otters are most often seen swimming when ther head, rear part of the body and tail are visible above the surface.

look out for the footprints of otter which have 5 toes in comparison to dogs that have just 4. Otters mark their territory by sprainting. These spraints have a distinctive fishy but sweet and musty smell and usually contain the remains of fish. Otters are most easily spotted on calm days when they can easily spotted swimming.

Map & Directions

TripAdvisor

What's Nearby

  1. A medium sized moor land wader with a short bill dark underparts and golden upperparts

    0.36 miles away
  2. Flowering moorland plant that sets the moors alight in June and July.

    0.36 miles away
  3. The mountain hare is about twice the size of a rabbit with much longer hind legs and a…

    2.91 miles away
  1. Large eagle species found mainly in coastal areas

    3.02 miles away
  2. The Porpoise is our most common cetacean.

    3.02 miles away
  3. Black and white seabird with bright orange legs.

    3.02 miles away
  4. A path leads you into the North Harris hills; one of the largest areas of un-roaded land…

    3.54 miles away
  5. The golden eagle is one of two eagle species found on Harris

    3.56 miles away
  6. The red deer is Scotlands largest land mammal.

    3.85 miles away
  7. The mountain hare is about twice the size of a rabbit with much longer hind legs and a…

    4.39 miles away
  8. Situated at the foot of the southern slopes of the North Harris mountains, the remains of…

    4.44 miles away

  9.  

     

     

    4.58 miles away
  10. Designed by John R. Coleman Architects, it occupies a strategic position in Tarbert,…

    4.69 miles away
  11. The first distillery in Harris has opened it's doors. The Harris Distillery is a working…

    4.71 miles away

  12.  

     

     

    4.97 miles away
Previous Next

My Planner

You can build your own holiday itinerary here! Just browse our site and click this button to add to your itinerary when you see something you like. If your planner is not finished, simply click save and you can come back to it later on! You also have the option to send your itinerary to our tailor made holiday partner.

Places to Eat

Our Islands