About RSPB Islay – The Oa:
Get closer to Islay’s wildlife at one of the RSPB’s two nature reserves on the island.
The Oa reserve has wild sea-cliffs and open moorland, the perfect home for magnificent golden eagles.
Take a walk around the coastal trail and up to the American monument for stunning views of the sea-cliffs and across to Northern Ireland. Scan the shore to spot the wild goats munching on seaweed or maybe even an otter fishing in the shallows.
Look for golden eagles soaring over the cliffs, peregrines hunting and chough feeding by the highland cattle. Off the coast, watch gannets diving for fish while grey seals sunbathe on the rocks below.
The Oa reserve is a working farm and we ask walkers to adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access code by keeping dogs under close control (preferably on a lead) and keep to paths.