Loch Skerrols (NR342638)

This is a sizeable waterbody and well sheltered by trees. Loch Skerrols Copyright: Becky WilliamsonThe best viewing is from the lane which turns off to the left from the A846 (Bridgend-Ballygrant) road less than a mile outside Bridgend and soon after passing a cluster of houses on the left. Following the lane brings one round a sharp right-hand bend and then up a slight hill. From the top of the rise the loch is down and to the left. If walking from Bridgend, go past the entrance to Islay House Square and take the next lane on the left, at the top of the hill, then past a few cottages and into some woodland, then look for a lane on the right which leads to the loch shore. All the commoner ducks occur as well as the occasional Coot. Geese frequently use it for bathing and preening, as do swans.

Typical species: Little Grebe, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Greenland Whitefront, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye.

See also: Main Birdwatching Localities on Islay