Marine & Coastal

Many people are surprised to learn that the National Park includes 39 miles of coastline, around Lochs Long, Goil and Holy Loch. Although the lochs themselves are not actually included within the Park you can get some amazing views of marine wildlife from their shores. Grey and common seals, porpoises and seabirds are often sighted, enjoying the sheltered conditions and rich pickings in the lochs. The coast is also a great place to watch wading birds like oystercatchers and redshank scurrying alone the tideline in search of food.

The list below will introduce you to some of the wildlife to be found in the Park’s marine and coastal habitats. There are also links to other websites where you can find out more. 

Grey Seal
Grey seal

Image of Common Seal
Common seal

Eider duck

Red-throated Diver
Red-throated diver

Black-throated Diver
Black-throated diver






Any natural place contains an infinite reservoir of information, and therefore the potential for inexhaustible new discoveries.

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods