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If you are into wildlife, you will find the Isle of Arran particularly rich. Golden eagles can be seen quite close to the cottage,  and red squirrels are even increasing in numbers (there are no greys). Red deer are plentiful and can almost always be seen at Lochranza and in the northern hills. There are otters nearby which have been seen in the sea in front of the cottage (especially if you are up early!). Seals, porpoises, dolphins and even the (very) occasional whale can be seen in Kilbrannan Sound. The seabird life is plentiful: in the summer, gannets fish regularly in front of the cottage, diving spectacularly. In the autumn and winter, flotillas of murmuring eider duck and red-breasted mergansers are found dotted along the northwest coastline, together with various divers and other over-wintering species.

Try the   Arran Wildlife Website

The plant life is correspondingly diverse, and in the spring and summer the hedgerows can be a prolific pageant of wildflowers. The local coastline of Whitefarland Point is home to some ancient rocks and cliffs, with hoary lichen 'forests’ that in places must be several hundred years old.

Fern, Isle of Arran

Bluebells, Isle of Arran

Wild flowers are abundant especially in May & June.

wild flowers, Isle of Arran