Scourie & Handa Island
The village of Scourie, in the parish of Eddrachilles, is an ideal base for exploring the far north-west.
It is said that palm trees, Highland cattle and red-throated and black-throated divers can all be seen from the foreshore here, depending on the season – giving Scourie a unique claim to fame!
Just off the coast lies Handa Island, one of Britain’s most important breeding grounds for a range of seabirds including puffins, guillemots, fulmars, razorbills and skuas.
Until the 1840s Handa had more than 60 residents, but the 1848 potato famine led to migration to Canada for many islanders and it has generally remained uninhabited ever since.
The island is a Scottish Wildlife Trust nature reserve and it is manned throughout the summer by volunteer wardens who base themselves in the island’s small bothy. Visitors can reach Handa via a boat service from Tarbet, near Scourie.