The great diversity of the Assynt landscape enables it to play host to a vast array of flora and fauna seldom seen elsewhere, making it a fabulous destination for all wildlife enthusiasts. For ornithologists, Assynt has had 215 species of bird recorded over the past few decades, including golden eagles and sea eagles and some of Britain’s rarest breeding birds, black-throated divers and common greenshanks. In fact, one of the largest colonies of nesting sea birds in northwest Europe can be seen on Handa Island, a short boat ride from Tarbet.
Equally exciting is the wealth of marine life. The coastal waters around Assynt are some of the best places in Europe to see cetaceans such as minke whales, orca, dolphins and porpoises while seals and otters can be regularly spotted taking a dip from the rocks around the Estate. Land mammals include stoats, weasels, pine martens, badgers, red deer, voles and pipistrelle bats. Many of these creatures are our neighbours on the Estate.