Closer to Wildlife

Close to nature

  1. otter in water
    Official tourist guide to Otters and Seals in the Outer Hebrides
  2. Machair flowers a luskentyre beach, harris
    The Outer Hebrides Machair
  3. Coastal birds
    Official tourist guide to coastal birds in the Outer Hebrides

Island Highlights

Hen Harrier © Laurie Campbell

This location is on the shore of a large fresh water loch surrounded by moorland with views south over Beinn Mhor, the highest peak in the Uists. Both species of eagle, hen harrier, merlin and…

Merlin © Laurie Campbell

Beinn Langais is a prominent hill surrounded by vast areas of peatland, freshwater and sea lochs. A short path runs up to an archaeological site with excellent views over the area.

Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell

A path leads you into the North Harris hills; one of the largest areas of un-roaded land is Scotland. One of the most reliable places for locating both golden and white-tailed eagles and where the…

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

Located in the northern end of South Uist, Loch Sgioport is a great placee to spot white-tailed eagles.

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

This visitor centre, hostel and cafe have good views over the shore of loch Erisort, a sea loch regularly visited by white-tailed eagles. This is also an excellent place from which to explore the…

Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell

A path leads into the interior of Barra with views over Heaval, the islands highest peak. Scan the ridges for golden eagles and white-tailed eagle and keep an eye out for melin darting across the moor

Hen Harrier © Laurie Campbell

Surrounded by rolling moorland and young plantations this is a hotspot for hen harriers and short-eared owls. The roadside car park is an excellent vantage point from which to watch.

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

A path takes you to the shore of Loch Seaforth, a long fjord-like loch and a stronghold for the white-tailed eagles and otters.

Hen Harrier © Lauries Campbell

A path runs across Benbecula, through an area of low lying moorland and lochs. This is an excellent area for hen harrier, short-eared owl and merlin during the breeding season.

Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell

The observatory is a purpose built hide perched in the interior of the rugged North Harris hills commanding spectacular views over the territory of a pair of golden eagles.

White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell

This ferry route runs from Eriskay to the north end of Barra. White-tailed eagles, golden eagles and peregrines are often seen from the ferry as it passes numerous islands and skerries close to Barra.

White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell

Located at the North of the Archipelago, this rich Machair loch and surrounding wetland is an important migration stopover for wildfowl and waders attracting regular visits from hunting bird of prey,…

White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell

The Sound of Harris ferry runs between Berneray and Leverburgh. The route meanders round skerries and rocks and is a haven for wildlife. White-tailed eagles are a particularly common sight around…

A few ideas.....

  1. Puffin and boat at the Shiant Isles
    Take a wildlife trip to The Shiant Isles
  2. Many wading and farmland birds nest on the machair including corn buntings and corncrakes.
  3. White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell
    At Loch Stiapabhat in Ness there is an fantastic eagle hide
    1. 1st January 202231st December 2022
  4. Puffins
    Puffins are lots of people's favourite bird. Their iconic colouring - the blacks, whites and bright oranges, instantly giving rise to nicknames like ‘Sea Parrots’ and ‘Clowns of the Sea’.
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  1. Ardvourlie Woodland Observatory
    Ardvourlie Woodland
    View from the observatory
    Pete's Shed
    Ardvourlie Woodland Observatory
    Ardvourlie Woodland
    View from the observatory
    Pete's Shed

    Address

    Ardvourlie, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AB

    Telephone

    01859 502222

    Isle of Harris

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

    The breath-taking views over Loch Seaforth and the chance to see native trees in an otherwise rugged and tree-less landscape make this well worth a visit. The Observatory sits near the top of the circular track through the 100ha community woodland in the often-overlooked northern part of the estate.

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  2. Address

    29 Coll, Back, Isle of lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0LP

    Telephone

    07790454565

    Isle of lewis

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

    Alpacan is a family run croft offering alpaca experiences for all ages. A fantastic way to spend a couple of hours....and get that important alpaca selfie !

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    • Baby Changing Facilities Available
    • Children Welcome - Supervised only

    Special Requirements

    • Children Welcome
    • Families

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    Special Requirements

    • Disabled Citizens - With prior arrangement

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    • Disabled Parking - Our parking is at the house, is disabled friendly

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    • On Public Transport Route

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  3. Address

    Tigh Na Breacain, Lochskipport, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5NS

    Telephone

    07795634525

    Isle of South Uist

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

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  4. Address

    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XB

    Isle of Lewis

    Loch Stiapabhat bird reserve and hide to watch golden plover, Lapwing, whooper swans, geese and many rare migrants. The hide is open all year.

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  5. Address

    Castle Grounds, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XP

    Isle of Lewis

    Great walks, cylce paths, mountain bike trail and scenery overlooking Stornoway Harbour.

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  6. Address

    Arnol, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9DJ

    Telephone

    01859 511136

    Isle Of Lewis

    RSPB Loch na Muilne nature reserve and nearby coastline.

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  7. Address

    Berneray, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BQ

    Isle Of North Uist

    Seal viewing point

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  8.  © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
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     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust

    Address

    Glean Meavaig, Meavaig, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AW

    Telephone

    01859 502222

    Isle Of Harris

    With some of the highest densities of breeding golden eagles in all of Europe, North Harris provides one of the best opportunities in Scotland for viewing this iconic species.

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  9. Address

    Houghgarry, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Telephone

    01876 560287

    Isle of North Uist

    A beautiful reserve on the north west coast of North Uist with sandy beaches, rocky foreshore,, marshes and sand dunes.

    Add Balranald RSPB Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

  10. Loch Druidibeag Nature Reserve by Colin Smith

    Address

    Stilligarry, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5RS

    Isle Of South Uist

    There is a self-guided walk which will take approximately 3 hours.

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  11. Callanish Alpacas

    Address

    20 Callanish, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY

    Isle of Lewis

  12. Sporsnis - Wild About Ness Exhibition

    Address

    Lionel, Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XB

    Telephone

    01851 810039

    Isle of Lewis

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