Up to 4 hours depending on route Easy with more challenging routes available. Speak to your guide
Wildlife enthusiast? This is the number one location on Glengorm for wildlife watching. Our route takes you past the 4,000 year old Standing Stones and along the edge of Sorne Forest. There are small patches of marsh, over which Hen harriers are often seen hunting. Woodcock and Snipe are regularly flushed along this track, as are Irish hares. Look out for Buzzards and Kestrels perched along the tree line or hunting over the pasture. Sparrowhawks flit along the forest margin; areas of native woodland provide fantastic habitat for songbirds and Red deer.
The view out towards the sea is one of the best on Glengorm, with Dun Ara fort visible on the horizon. As you continue towards Loch Mingary, you will almost certainly encounter some of Glengorm’s beautiful Highland cattle!
Laorin Bay and Loch Mingary are havens for aquatic birds, with Great northern divers, Red-breasted mergansers, Shielducks, Shags and gulls all frequently seen. Waders such as Curlew, Oystercatcher, Common sandpipers and Turnstone (to name but a few) enjoy foraging on the exposed mud. Otters and seals are regular visitors, and it is here that White-tailed eagles are sighted daily on Glengorm. In the forest lining the opposite bank of Loch Mingary there is an active Heronry.
Our new Nature Pod allows guests to enjoy the antics of these comical birds as they rear their young, whilst remaining hidden to prevent disturbance. The Nature Pod also has a wood burning stove – so should you wish to enjoy our wildlife for longer periods, you’ll be able to stay both comfortable and warm! New species appear all the time as the seasons change, so check with your guide for the latest sightings.
This walk can be shortened to 2 hours or lengthened to include An Sean Dun and Balimeanach.
Speak to your guide for further information about exploring this area
- Fairly even under foot but rocky in places if you want to walk out to Laorin Point.
- Gentle slopes. Mostly dirt track & Cattle-grazed pasture.
- Can be muddy. To access Loch Mingary, a shallow ford must be crossed so waterproof footwear is advisable.