Red Kites have successfully been introduced to a number of sites in the UK, with project in Scotland in Aberdeenshire, near Stirling and nearest to the Hebs, near Dingwall. Regularly seen over the road from Ullapool to Inverness (well from Contin east) they grace the skies with an elegance a Buzzard can only aspire to.
Eyes to the skies is an initiative that has been set up by the RSPB and now has a centre based at Tollie to the west of Dingwall, just off the main road. A new visitor centre, ran largely by volunteers, draws in the kites by daily feeding – at 2.30pm in the summer. Even if you are not about at raptor lunch several birds do loiter in the area all the time. On our visit at least four were in the area as well as an Osprey, Sparrowhawk and both Siskin and Great spotted woodpecker at the nut feeders. Crossbills have also been a feature at the site recently.
So if you want to break your trip to and from the ferry pop into Tollie.