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

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.

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

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 © 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.

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…

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…

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…

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

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

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.

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

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,…

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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    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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    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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    Finsbay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The Common Seal is the smaller of our two seal species and is often seen hauled up on rocky skerries at low tide.

    Add Common Seal - Loch Fhionnsabhaigh 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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    Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large white seabird with black wing tips and a yellow head.

    Add Northern Gannet-Hushinish to your Itinerary

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    Loch Mor, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    This sleek, elegant bird with a silvery body, slender wings and elongated tail streamers can be found in the islands from late April - October.

    Add Artic Tern - Loch Mor to your Itinerary

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    Langass, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    The red deer is the fourth largest deer species behind moose, elk (wapiti), and sambar deer

    Add Red Deer - Barpa Langass to your Itinerary

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    Geocrab, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    A semi- aquatic plant with large white flower heads.

    Add Bog Bean - Geocrab to your Itinerary

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    Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Ophioglossum vulgatum.- Very small fern 3cm tall

    Add Adder's Tongue Fern - Ben Eoligarry to your Itinerary

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    Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    The long, broad wings and longish tail create a different flight silhouette than the smaller buzzard.

    Add Golden Eagle - Lochmaddy to your Itinerary

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    Sound of Harris, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large Diving water bird present on the Harris coastline throughout the winter

    Add Great Northern Diver-Sound of Harris to your Itinerary

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    Northton, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Distinctive medium sized wading bird with dark green upper parts, white underparts and a crest.

    Add Lapwing - Northton Machair 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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    North Loch Eynort, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Breeds on small inland lochs but feeds at coastal sites.

    Add Red Throated Diver-North Loch Eynort to your Itinerary

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    Bosta, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle Of Lewis

    Tall slim leaves with large bright yellow flower

    Add Yellow Flag Iris - Bostadh to your Itinerary

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Tall, slim stems with pale blue flowers

    Add Harebell-Eoropie to your Itinerary

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    Balranald township, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Much slimmer and smaller than the corn bunting this bird is often breeds in reed beds.

    Add Reed Bunting - Balranald township to your Itinerary

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Short, low growing with spike of bright yellow flowers

    Add Lady's Bedstraw-Ardroil Sands to your Itinerary

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