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Explore The Wildlife In Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond is not only known for its picturesque vistas but also for its well inhabited wildlife. From nestled in the woodlands to patrolling the skies, there is an array of wildlife throughout Loch Lomond. So if you’re a wildlife enthusiast then this is the perfect place for you.


In this guide, we’ll discover what types of wildlife you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled for and tips on how to distinguish the different types of birds that are a bit more challenging.

Golden Eagle

The iconic bird of prey can be seen gliding through the skies of Loch Lomond, although not as commonly spotted as Ospreys. Golden Eagles and Ospreys are frequently mistaken for Buzzards due to being very close in size. A tip to help distinguish these birds is by their wings, the wings of a buzzard have a rounded oval shape. Whereas, the Golden Eagle possesses a long rectangular shaped wing similar to a glider and widely spread feathers at the tips.

a golden eagle soaring through the sky


Having been close to extinction in the UK, there is now an increase in the number of Ospreys and you can spot them within the realms of Loch Lomond. To help differentiate the Osprey from the Golden Eagle and Buzzard,  the Osprey has a distinctive white head with clear brown markings across the eyes and on the top of the head, and brown upperparts. The best place to spot the Osprey is close to the eastern shore of Loch Lomond as they grab fish from the loch.

a osprey flying through the air staring at the camera

Common Buzzard

As the most common bird of prey in the UK, it is one of the keys to keeping a balanced ecosystem as they help control the populations of the smaller animals. The Buzzard is brown in colour except for the undersides of its wings being pale in the centre and the tips and edges of the wings are darker. Its colours and markings are of great benefit when trying to catch small rodents as it provides them with camouflage to hide in the trees until the time is right.


If you’re feeling brave, the Cameron House Falconry experience allows you to get close and interact with a magnificent hawk that carefully lands on your arm. It doesn’t get any better than that.

a close up image of a hawk flying through the air on a clear day


Not only found down under, but in Scotland too. Amongst the woodlands of Inchconnachan Island are a unique population of wallabies. This unique species was introduced to Loch Lomond in the 1940’s by Lady Arran who had a passion for exotic animals. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the moment.

a close up image of a wallaby standing in a grassy area

Pine Marten

The Pine Marten is related to the weasel and stoat family. It can be distinguished by its round ears, brown body with a cream patch of fur on its chest and throat and bushy tail. Pine Martens are nocturnal animals so you’ll need to time your adventure if you want to catch a glimpse of them.

a close up image of a marten standing on a mossy tree branch


Otters can be found all across Scotland in lochs, shores and rivers. Otters are known to be spotted in Loch Lomond across its wooded shores. The most common time to spot the otters is early in the mornings, but it’s more common to see the tracks they leave behind. Make sure you have your camera at the ready to capture this beautiful animal.


An adventurous way to view the wildlife is from the water itself. Cameron House provides activities including kayaking and paddleboarding which allows you to view some of the magnificent wildlife whilst having fun on the Loch.

a close up image of a wet otter in the water

Red Squirrel

As one of the most-loved species in Scotland, they can be found roaming about the forests of Loch Lomond, having previously been near extinction. You can commonly find these wonderful creatures foraging for nuts. If you are staying within the Cameron House and Lodges estate, the red squirrels can be seen on the south side of the lodges.


A good way to view the beautiful wildlife is through Cameron House bike hire. It’s a great combination of light exercise and wildlife spotting, whilst enjoying the beautiful scenery that surrounds you.

a close up of a red squirrel standing on a rock


Adders are Scotland’s one and only venomous snake, so be careful and keep your eyes peeled when exploring. This reptile can be seen on the east side of Loch Lomond especially on a sunny day. Make sure to watch your step.

a close up image of a black and yellow snake in the grass

Cameron House Accommodation

Cameron House is the perfect place to rest after a day of exploring the diverse wildlife of Loch Lomond. We have roomssuites and lodges to choose from so you can bring a friend or the whole family. Explore our website to find out more about our spa and golf facilities and other offers.


Discover More About Loch Lomond




Are there wolves in Loch Lomond?

Wolves are known to be extinct in Scotland.


Where can I see wildlife in Loch Lomond?

Wildlife can be seen throughout Loch Lomond from up in the sky to the woodlands of the Loch Lomond and its islands.


Are there golden eagles at Loch Lomond?

Yes, they can be spotted in the skies of Loch Lomond. They can also be seen up close in the Bird of Prey Centre at Loch Lomond Shores in Balloch.


Are there snakes in Loch Lomond?

Yes, the adder can be found on the east side of Loch Lomond.


Is Loch Lomond safe to swim in?

Yes, it’s safe to swim in Loch Lomond, but it’s important to avoid swimming in ferry and boating areas and make yourself aware to other water users. Try to swim with at least one other person. It’s essential to thoroughly plan before commencing your swim.


Are there otters in Loch Lomond?

Yes, otters can be spotted across Loch Lomond along its wooded shores.


Are there Ospreys at Loch Lomond?

Yes, they can be spotted in the realms of Loch Lomond, commonly seen in Balmaha.


Does Loch Lomond have whales?

There have been no spottings of whales in Loch Lomond but they can be seen on the west coast.

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