There is something for everyone to explore at Doune either from the comfort of the Galley or by foot in the local area.

Doune is a very remote location and as such attracts many of our less common mammals and birds. Red deer are often seen grazing on the sweet grass that grows close to the houses, they are inquisitive and will even try and look in at you through the window. There are a pod of bottle nosed dolphins who will play for hours in Doune bay unlike the Minkey whales who glide past quickly busy catching fish. Sea eagles nest not far away and can occasionally be seen soaring over the cliffs to the north on a warm summers day. Bring your binoculars for the perfect view.

In the early summer the grasslands are covered in an ever changing array of wild flowers with many different orchids in plentiful supply.  You have to be careful not to step on them as you explore the remains of the black houses in old Doune village which were destroyed in the clearances of 1853 located in the glen behind the house. Or venture further afield and find the Pictish vitrified fort on Dun Head or the Bowby memorial cross overlooking Mallaig.

The Sound of Sleat is a busy stretch of water in the summer. The car ferry steams to and from the Isle of Skye. The various fishing boats work the water taking their catch back to Mallaig. The sailing boats bring entertainment of a different sort with their colourful sails.

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