Seal watching at Dunvegan Castle wasn’t exactly on my list of things to do whilst in Scotland but I am so glad that I got to experience it. I visited Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye to see the famous McLeod castle not knowing that nearby was a hot spot for seal sighting.
Whilst visiting Dunvegan castle you can also purchase a ticket for £6 to go on a 25minute boat trip to the nearby islands to visit these cute creatures. The boat was small but this means you are pretty much at water level and the groups are small, we only had 6 people in our boat plus the driver.
Minutes after departing Dunvegan Castle we spotted the first seals lazing around on some nearby rocks. As we approached it was clear just how many there were, LOADS!
The seals stay on land as much as possible to soak up all the sun and relax during low tide before going back into the water to feed at high tide when all of the little islands of seaweed are submerged.
The boat got quite close to the seals but not close enough to frighten them but I’m sure they are well used to these boats as they visit the islands several times daily.
The seals were varied, I’m not sure of the species but they were all different colours and there was even some baby seals there, they were adorable! Apparently around June is when they are all born so this is a good time to visit.
This was a totally unplanned and unexpected experience in Scotland but a really great one none the less, I’m really pleased that I got to see these lovely animals in their natural habitat at Dunvegan estate.
If you are ever on the Isle of Skye I can’t recommend going to see these seals enough, it was a fantastic experience and so great to see these creatures up close.
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