South coast (west of NR3645) and Claggain Bay (NR4653)
Beyond Ardbeg, the road drops down to the shore at Loch an-t'Sailein, an excellent spot for Common Seals and Otters, as well as Eiders and Red-breasted Mergansers. It then runs through private woodland before emerging into a broad area of lowland bog on the right-hand side and birch/oak/hazel scrubby woodland on the left. Just after the turning to the Kildalton Cross (not to be missed), there is more farmland beside a small river. The road ends soon after at Claggain Bay, where a long shingle strand curves round a shallow bay; a good place to see divers and sea ducks. It is possible to walk north from here along the coast to Proaig, though beyond that the walking becomes much more rugged and not particularly interesting for birds.
Inland, the landscape is dominated by Beinn Bheigeir, Islay's highest hill, rising rather gently to 1,610 feet (491 m). Access to it is probably easiest from just past the bridge over the Claggain River at the north end of the bay.
Typical species: Grey Heron, Greenland Whitefront, Shelduck, Red-breasted Merganser, Buzzard, Redstart, thrushes, Wood Warbler, tits, Spotted Flycatcher, all from Port Ellen to Kildalton; Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, Red-breasted Merganser, Otter in Claggain Bay; finches, Twite at cattle feeding stations by the bay; Golden Plover and the chance of Golden Eagle on Beinn Bheigeir.
See also: Main Birdwatching Localities on Islay