These iconic birds are one of Scotland’s Big 5 animals, as chosen by the people!
Those fortunate enough to see them can’t help but be moved by their sheer power and grace. Although numbers are growing they are still relatively rare so here are some tips on spotting Golden Eagles in Scotland from Wilderness expert, Jonathan Willet.
1. Where should I go to spot the Golden Eagle?
Get yourself to an island: Harris, Mull, Rum and Skye are all very reliable for Golden Eagles (and Sea Eagles). On the mainland quiet glens with dead end roads are often good places to look but Golden Eagles can even be spotted on the A9. Stop at the Drumochter Pass and scan round – I saw two there this winter.
2. Where should I focus my gaze?
Scan the skyline between the hilltops and ridges, keep looking all around you.
3. How long will it take to spot one?
Find a comfortable spot and spend at least 30 minutes looking. You don’t have to search all the time but do scan every few minutes. Enjoy the peace and quiet and the other wildlife you will see.
Do some research. I suggest having a look at this RSPB leaflet so you can tell a ‘Tourist Eagle’ (the Buzzard) from a real one.