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  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

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.

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…

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,…

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

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.

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

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

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…

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

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

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.

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 © 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…

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
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    Rhenigidale, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    Black and white seabird with bright orange legs.

    Add Black Guillemot - Rhenigidale to your Itinerary

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    Acarsaid Mhor, Eriskay, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Eriskay, Isle of South Uist

    Common Seals can be found in small numbers and usually present themselves on the rocks.

    Add Common Seal - Acarsaid Mhor to your Itinerary

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    Howmore, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This rather fat looking, sparrow-like bird and occurs on the machair, either side of the Howmore River mouth.

    Add Corn Bunting - Howmore River Mouth to your Itinerary

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    Loch Druidibeg, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    South Uist

    This stunning diver species breeds on large moorland lochs in the summer and winter in coastal waters.

    Add Black Throated Diver-Loch Druidibeg to your Itinerary

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    Griminish, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    The Outer Hebrides are an exceptional place to see this iconic bird, hosting one of the densest breeding populations in Europe.

    Add Golden Eagle - Griminish to your Itinerary

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    Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large eagle species found mainly in coastal areas

    Add White Tailed Sea Eagle-Rhenigidale to your Itinerary

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    Committee Road, Malacleit, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Medium sized, sandy brown, day flying owl.

    Add Short Eared Owl - Committee Road to your Itinerary

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    Bruernish, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Platanthera bifolia
    This delicate coloured orchid, becoming quite rare, can be found at the junction to upper/lower Bruernish

    Add Lesser butterfly orchid-Bruernish to your Itinerary

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    Griminish, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    Often encountered at the roadside during the morning and late evenings from May - July.

    Add Short Eared Owl-Griminish to your Itinerary

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    Hougharry, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5DL

    Isle Of North Uist

    Corn Bunting is our largest bunting. Dull streaked brown, with paler underparts, a jangley song and is most usually seen perched on a wire or post.

    Add Corn Bunting - Balranald to your Itinerary

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    Berneray Harbour, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

    Add Common Seal - Berneray Harbour to your Itinerary

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    Berneray Harbour, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    A large seal with a forehead and less spots than the Harbour Seal. Males can be up to 3.3 metres in length and females around 2 metres.

    Add Grey Seal - Berneray Harbour to your Itinerary

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    Barvas, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Medium, slim plant with pale to deep purple spike of flowers.

    Add Early Purple Orchid-Loch Mor Barvas to your Itinerary

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    Bogha Glas, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The golden eagle is one of two eagle species found on Harris

    Add Golden Eagle - Bogha Glas to your Itinerary

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    Loch Bee, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    The rough grassland just south of the Loch Carnan tunring is a good area for owls.

    Add Short Eared Owl - Loch Bee to your Itinerary

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    Kildonan, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    An excellent area for sightings of this species.

    Add Short Eared Owl - Kildonan to your Itinerary

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    Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large, dark green/black seabird common on the Harris coastline.

    Add Shag - Huisnish to your Itinerary

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    Boisdale, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5TF

    Isle of South Uist

    A good area to see this species during the spring and summer.

    Add Short Eared Owl - Boisdale to your Itinerary

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