Beaches and Wildlife
Brora's beautiful coastline is framed by two unspoilt beaches that are popular for picnics, long walks and watersports.
The blue flag beach can be found right next to Brora's golf course, just a short distance from the Links Apartments and Links View Villas and both beaches are ideal for spotting dolphins, minke whales, and grey and common seals.
The area is also recognised for its geological significance and it's not uncommon to find Jurassic rocks containing ammonites and shells on the beach, making it a great place for families and individuals to partake in some fossil-hunting. Another fossil hotspot is the River Brora, which has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. These fossils date back to the Middle Jurassic period, approximately 160 million years ago. The nature of the terrain and exposures means the River Brora is best enjoyed by experienced collectors and/or the scientific community; it's less suitable for families or inexperienced collectors for most of the year.
Wildlife spotting and bird-watching
Brora and the North Highlands is known for its unspoilt landscape and its moors, woodland and beaches are ideal for spotting a wide range of wildlife.
Around the hills of Loch Brora and Glen Loth, you'll find a large number of roe deer and red deer present, as well as hedgehogs, moles, shrews, voles, wood mice, foxes, stoats, weasels and rabbits. Brown hares can be found on farmland, whilst mountain hares live on moorland and goats on the Morvich Rock near Rogart. If you're very lucky you might spot the rarely seen wildcat, which resides in local woods and the hills.
Birdwatchers will be delighted that birds are aplenty in Brora, including the Arctic tern, which features on Brora Golf Club's emblem. Goldeneye, curlew redshank, oystercatcher and lapwing can be found on Loch Brora, whilst winter brings the Golden Eagle to the loch's waters. To the south lies Loch Fleet, part of a nature reserve which welcomes seaduck, wader and osprey in spring time.
On the coast, a variety of ducks and waders can be seen, including mallard, goldeneye, longtailed duck and eider and off the coast, a mixture of dolphins, minke whales, grey and common seals are often spotted from the beach.
Birds of prey and falconry displays
Visit Dunrobin Castle to learn more about the ancient art of falconry and see some spectacular birds of prey in action. Enjoy a range of aerobatic displays with resident species like golden eagles and peregrine falcons, as well as more exotic types such as the European eagle owl.