Wildlife

The cliffs below Ben Tianavaig are home to white tailed sea eagles and boat trips operate from Portree in the summer months. Golden eagles fly high above Ben Lee. Otters swim and feed around the rocky edges of An Aird, the shoreline and in the burns. Seals pop up in the bays. Dolphins are frequently seen in the Sound of Raasay and minke and hump backed whales are occasionally spotted. Roe deer hide in the pockets of woodland.

Braes has its ‘locals’ and seasonal visitors. Some of the visits are brief, for example, flocks of redwing and fieldfare. A trip to An Aird will often reveal ringed plover, oyster catcher, turnstone, curlew, cormorant and shag.  Sounds of the great northern diver and eider ducks are heard on calm days. The Narrows of Raasay are feeding grounds for gannets. Common sights in season are swallow, cuckoo, sparrowhawk, snipe, heron, tawny owl, buzzard and great black backed and herring gulls.