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Bird Watching

Argyll is a bird watcher’s paradise and for many visitors, the bird life is the main attraction. Having such a diverse landscape gives us an equally diverse variety of birds. On the water you may see red breasted mergansers, shags and cormorants who will entertain you with their balancing acts on the buoys, red throated and great northern divers, grebes, eiders, goldeneyes, mallards, mute swans, cormorants, gannets, ruddy shelduck and many more.

Amongst the shore birds we have the oystercatcher who will noisily dissuade you from going near their nests, curlew, sandpiper, redshanks, greenshanks, and the grey heron who stalks fish and eels in the slow, stately and unhurried manner they have.

Nearer to the Castle and cottages are many garden birds – chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch, bullfinch, blackbird, thrush, blue, coal and gret tit – and the occasional long-tailed tit – siskin, yellowhammer, wren, dunnock, wagtail, house martin, swallow, robin, starling and so many more.