Bunnahabhain (NR4273)

Margadale River Copyright: Lorna WilliamsonTaking the signposted lane off the A846 between Keills and Port Askaig leads one along a winding route to this distillery village with fine views of the Paps of Jura across the Sound. Park on the hard standing near the distillery entrance and walk along the beach northwards. This leads to the mouth of the Margadale Rriver which has some nice scrubby areas upstream. There is a footbridge a short distance inland to cross the river, and from here one can walk north along the coast to Rubha a'Mhail lighthouse, and even, for those energetic enough and with transport at the far end, right round to Killinallan and Loch Gruinart. Alternatively, walk inland from where you have parked your car along a track that crosses the river and leads to a large conifer plantation. There are tracks to follow within the plantation.

Typical species: Mute Swan, Eider, Red-breasted Merganser on the sea; Black Grouse, Dipper, woodland birds by river and in conifer plantation. Otters along the shore.

See also: Main Birdwatching Localities on Islay