The North Harris Eagle Observatory

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The North Harris Eagle Observatory

The North Harris Eagle Observatory
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clare463
Bishopbriggs, UK6 contributions
Bring binoculars, bug spray & patience.
Aug 2020 • Couples
Golden eagle spotted around 6pm July 2020.
Beautiful walk out to this place. Easy walk about 30-40mins max. Bring bug spray and binoculars. Scenery is honestly so beautiful. We sat in the observatory for about 40 mins and then saw the eagle as we were leaving. Brilliant to see. Also saw a huge buzzard sitting near the side of the road driving to the observatory. If I was in Harris again I would definitely return. There are free eagle guided walks ran weekly that apparently have a 100% success rate. I would definitely look into this if your really keen to see one. We would definitely return again here if we were in the area. Very peaceful beautiful spot.
Written 16 August 2020
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Ugne D
Inverness, UK181 contributions
Eagles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Superb walk with a great chance to see eagles. We spotted 2 eagles and was well chuffed . Don’t forget your binoculars !
Written 19 January 2020
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James G
5 contributions
Worth the walk
Oct 2019
Easy stroll lovely views saw an eagle and red deer on the walk back. The weather was bleak but added to the atmosphere.
Written 17 November 2019
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pusscatglen
Bath, UK73 contributions
Lovely walk in quiet atmosphere
Aug 2019
Enjoyable walk on a good laid path, and the observatory is a delight. Needless to say we saw no eagles, but did see two red deer on the skyline. Landscape is glorious, and the smaller wildlife e.g. small birds and dragon flies was fab.
Written 24 September 2019
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tom
Bradford, UK9 contributions
Nice walk
Aug 2019 • Family
Walked along the gravel path to the Eagle hut, really nice easy walk even with three young kids. The eagle hut was a welcome shelter from the rain. Stunning views from the valley floor, but unfortunately no eagles!
Written 16 August 2019
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Aleksandra H
12 contributions
Calm place
Jul 2019 • Solo
Amazing place to go and relax. Quite easy to walk. And you can really see some eagles! If you're patient 😊
Written 6 August 2019
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charlie c
Kelso, UK157 contributions
Good idea.
May 2019 • Couples
There is a reasonable sized parking area with information board at the side of the road. There is a good hardcore path from the parking area leading up to the observatory hut. This hut contains a lot of information about the birds that you can find in the area.
We did not see any eagles when we visited, but actually did see them when we were walking back up the road to the camper van parking area at Hushinis.
Written 8 June 2019
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D L
Potters Bar, UK382 contributions
Pleasant walk with not a bird in sight!
May 2019 • Couples
Pleasant walk across track. Beautiful valley with observation hut on route. Not a single bird in sight however we enjoyed the walk.
Written 30 May 2019
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,202 contributions
Take binoculars - the eagles likely to be very distant
Apr 2019 • Couples
The trailhead is located off the B887 on the route to Huishinish. The view on the approach road from Tarbert, above the loch, before we arrived at the car park was a good photo opportunity. The car park looks to have been constructed fairly recently and would probably hold around 8 vehicles, assuming everyone parked considerately. By the time we returned to it after our walk it was clear not everyone had done so and others had taken to abandoning their cars by the side of the single track road.

The walk to the eagle "hide" is along a track which has benefitted from tons of general hardcore so we found it easier at times to use the grassy ridge in between which was a bit easier on the feet. That said, the track is well maintained and even has an impressive wooden bridge to ford a stream at one point to avoid getting your feet wet however I would still recommend hiking boots. Off the path seemed boggy with peat (hence the tons of general hardcore).

On the day of our visit the route was popular with a variety of visitors, young and old some with children and quite a few with dogs so I guess it's a walk which is achievable by many. We thought the route was a bit bleak to the hide with the only notable feature being the rocky outcrop of Sron Scourst. We saw very little in the way of any wildlife on the walk and the 2 km suggested by the waymarker is less than the actual 5.25 km (or 3.25 miles) return journey so allow time. The hide was more impressive than I had imagined - a sturdy hut capable of seating and sheltering a few dozen people. There are information boards and a log book inside but no binoculars so if you're looking to spot the eagles you need to take these with you. After about 30 minutes at the hide, in between having a snack we had taken with us, we searched the skyline and surrounding hills with our binoculars to no avail. I guess you would be more likely to spot something if you were there much longer.

We walked beyond the Observatory, past the boathouse at Loch Scourst and up to the horizon point (as seen form the hide) which adds roughly another mile each way to the trail. However it was worth it as my wife spotted two eagles high above to our left, swooping down and temporarily being camouflaged by the hillside colours before rising again. They were smaller in the distance than I imagined by her excitable calls and sadly by the time I focussed my eyes I only caught a glimpse of one. Luckily I wasn't on their menu or I wouldn't have known what had hit me! Despite spending a bit more time viewing the area we didn't see them again but deemed it a success in any case.

I'm not sure the walk itself has enough scenery to warrant the journey if you don't get lucky spotting the eagles but we enjoyed the fresh air and exercise and of course that fleeting glimpse of these impressive birds.
Written 24 May 2019
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loveEileannaHearad
Neu-Ulm, Germany75 contributions
"High,high,what a feeling to fly over mountains and forests and seas.."
Jun 2018 • Friends
Gosh, those were one of the longest 2 km we have ever experienced! Okey, it had been late afternoon when the fog had finally lifted and we were setting out to get there. The walk itself was easy going and flat, but the winds almost made us walk backward at some bends. So it felt as if someone would move the hide further and futher away from us the more we walked * smile *
The Observatory hut is well maintained and located in the perfect spot for searching the sky for the eagles and other birds, or simply enjoying the sun and peaceful scenery. We weren`t lucky with spotting an eagle but still had a lovely relaxing afternoon there!
Written 27 December 2018
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