Hebridean Marsh Orchid-Clachan Sands

Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Type:Flora and Fauna - Machair

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The very dark purple marked leaves are characteristic of this Orchid. It differs from Northern Marsh Orchid in having dark purple marks on the leaves. Found no-where else in the world!

Clachan sands is an active crofting area with one of the largest machair and beach areas at the top of North Uist.

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  1. Clachan Sands beach is a stunning white sandy beach which is accessible via the village…

    0.58 miles away
  2. Download the Uist Unearthed app and discover more about this mastery of Iron Age drystone…

    2.02 miles away
  3. The remains of a stronghold occupy the whole of a tiny islet in the middle of the tidal…

    2.18 miles away
  1. Download the Uist Unearthed app and discover two sites in one at Dùn an Sticir! Watch the…

    2.21 miles away

  2. Photograph © David Wilson

    Sollas beach is featured in The Chessmen as the location of…

    2.55 miles away
  3. Creative artisan bookbinding and box making, influenced by the materials and colours of…

    2.59 miles away
  4. The Common Buzzard is sometimes described as "The Tourists Eagle". A commonly seen bird…

    2.98 miles away
  5. The Udal is thought to have been occupied from the Neolithic Age right up to the early…

    3.06 miles away
  6. Loch Bhurigh is easily accessible from the machair to the south of the island.

    3.21 miles away
  7. Giant Mackaskill Monument is located ti the South of Berneray.

    3.22 miles away
  8. Sollas beach is a stunning white sandy beach and eaily accessible from the village of…

    3.64 miles away
  9. This dumpy looking finch with prominent white flashes in the wing can often be found on…

    3.76 miles away
  10. Close to the ferry terminal lie the slight remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to…

    3.87 miles away
  11. A large seal with a forehead and less spots than the Harbour Seal. Males can be up to 3.3…

    3.94 miles away
  12. Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

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  13. At Beinn a'Chlaidh - Hill of the Graveyard - there is a standing stone.

    4.19 miles away
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