Some wonderful wildlife on the Clyde Coast has been captured on video during recent weeks with the good summer weather bringing out all sorts of creature comforts - even a humpback whale.

From seals sunning themselves and some rock politics going on - to a young bat enthralling itself as it flies round in circles in a back garden, and even a polecat rummaging around on the Isle of Cumbrae, it has been the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

These beautiful horses certainly enjoyed getting their hooves wet and a paddle along Kames Bay in the glorious sunshine yesterday.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: The Mane Event! Horses enjoying a cooling traipse around the shoreThe Mane Event! Horses enjoying a cooling traipse around the shore (Image: Annie Donnelly)

Rhia is on the left, and Poppy on the right, and they are clearly glad to cool off in the high temperatures which reached 28C in Ayrshire.

The News has received some incredible photos coming in of a humpback whale which has been paying a visit to Gourock. Skelmorlie photographer and Largs News Camera Club member, Jill Cruickshanks, said she was privileged to see one of the giants of the oceans passing by on a balmy Sunday night on the Clyde Coast.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Passing by - Humpback whale has caused a sensation on the Clyde among marine observersPassing by - Humpback whale has caused a sensation on the Clyde among marine observers (Image: JIll Cruickshank)

With all the good weather over recent days, everyone has been flocking to the Clyde coast - including a humpback whale enjoying its own trip to the west coast of Scotland.

The crew onboard the 42 foot SV Hiraeth were treated to the marvellous sight during the glorious weather on Monday.

Crew members couldn't believe their luck as not only could they see but hear the marine mammal at close quarters in a magical moment which was captured on film.

They said: "Glad to see we're not the only ones enjoying the good weather.
"We were lucky enough to encouter this Humpback in the Clyde while sailing back from Holy Island on Monday.

"We didn't get too close but were able to watch him diving for food for a few hours.

There is some marvellous bat footage from the Isle of Cumbrae, captured by Phil Lonsdale.

He said: "It is an aerobatic bat in the detached garden."

You can watch the nocturnal flying creature in Phil's video below, and we think he or she is having a lot of fun.

Bats can often be seen spiralling about at dusk and good areas to watch out for them include Fairlie Beach and Seamill.

The seals of Skelmorlie are also another wildlife attraction and like nothing more thank to settle down by the rocks near the beach and idle about and watch the world go by. They are quite curious creatures and even come up to paddle boarders in Largs for a closer look.

Rock politics is never far away and most seals like to to vye for position for the best spot - and sometimes this leads to a disagreement.

And a big surprise in Millport was the sighting of what appears to be a polecat rushing into some bushes near West Bay footbal pitch - and even attracting the attentions of a swooping crow - it is believed to have originally been a pet on the island and has been observed a few times. Also keep an eye out for the Common lizards on the north side of the island, and near the Field Studies Centre, in the undergrowth.

And if you want to relax in the sunshine, and have a stretch, you can certainly follow the example of 'Sammy the Seal' as he finds the sweet spot - and this time without any troublesome neighbours floating nearby keen to get in on the action.


People enjoying watching wildlife are reminded that the health and wellbeing of the animals should be considered at all times.

Legislation is in place to protect marine mammals.

People should show respect to the whales and be aware of the protection afforded to them.

Recreational users should not make any attempts to approach or pursue.

The scheme, which is a UK standard for commercial marine wildlife watching, includes a code of conduct and sets out best practice for wildlife watching.

Endangered species such as dolphins, porpoises and whales are protected by wildlife legislation including the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Under the Act, it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb them.