Glen Meavaig, North Harris Eagle Observatory

Glen Meavaig

Route: Glen Meavaig, North Harris Eagle Observatory

Area: Outer Hebrides, North Harris

Date of walk: 10th March 2024

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.3 miles

Ascent: 200 feet

Weather: Mostly sunny

North Harris provides one of the best opportunities in Scotland for viewing golden eagles and has some of the highest densities of breeding pairs in Europe. The North Harris Eagle Observatory is situated along Glen Meavaig, in the heart of the territory of a pair of golden eagles. It was built in 2012 by the North Harris Trust with funding from Scottish Natural Heritage and others
We parked on the B887 road at the bottom of Glen Meavaig, where there is a car park with room for about five cars. An honesty box suggests a donation. We set off along the obvious track – a route map isn’t really necessary as it would be impossible to go astray. We headed up the glen, soon crossing a bridge over the Abhainn Mhiabhaig
The great rocky buttress of Sròn Scourst dominated the view up the glen and became ever more impressive the further we progessed. Just before reaching the hide we spotted a bird soaring above the ridge line on our left. The binoculars were deployed and it was a thrill to see the clear outline of an eagle, probably a golden eagle though it could have been a sea eagle. A few yards further on we arrived at the hide, where there is visitors book for the recording of sightings. We sat on an outdoor bench for a while and saw a pair of eagles, possible a third too, but it was too far away to be sure
It’s possible to extend the route by walking further along the track, which extends for miles, but we were well content with what we’d seen and retraced our steps back to the start

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