Overscaig House Hotel Overscaig House Hotel, North Highlands, Scotland

Wildlife Gallery

Unfortunately some of the wildlife is more difficult to spot (never mind photograph) so we have used some excellent images from Laurie Campbell to show the beautiful animals in our area. To see an enlarged image hover over the small image on the left. Please note the image enlarge function works best in Internet Explorer.


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The Stag & Sign
Caught in the act - a stag tries to use its backside to cover up our EatScotland logo - it obviously knows we have venison on the menu! Photo courtesy of an anonymous FaceBooker. March 2013



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Sika mother and calf
A Sika hind and its calf walk through the grounds just below the hotel. There are both Sika and Red deer in the area around the hotel - but here you can clearly see the spotted summer coat of the Sika. June 2012



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Seals in Loch Glen Coul
You can go on a boat trip from Kylesku which takes you up Loch Glen Coul to see the UK's highest waterfall, Eas a'Cuillan. Along the way you see lots of wild life, like these common seals.



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Red Deer at Overscaig
Sometimes the deer can get quite close - feeding in the grass in front of the hotel. They are usually happy for you to get quite close although sudden movements scare them away.




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Wild Orchid
In areas where the soil has been disturbed, Wild Orchid can be seen growing. These tiny delicate flowers appear around June and last for about four weeks.



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Moth on a thistle
The Overscaig is surrounded by moor land, pine tree plantation and peat bog. These environments support a wide range of insect and plant life.



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Red Deer
These are Red Deer and their "prehistoric" rutting noises can be heard in September and October. Sika Deer can also be heard "whistling" but are much harder to see.



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Red Deer
The Overscaig is surrounded by "deer country". From December to June, Red Deer feed around the hotel, moving to higher ground later in the summer.




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Pinemarten
Pinemarten live around the hotel. Although rarely seen they regularly steal the bird feeders at night.



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Otter
They are difficult to spot because inland Otters tend to be nocturnal but they do live on Loch Shin. Both fishermen and the local workers on the Hydro scheme have seen them in or near the loch and one was seen swimming round the island in front of the hotel in 2010.




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