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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    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

  2. © Laurie Campbell

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    Kershader, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Large semi-aquatic animal. Very sleek profile in water.

    Add European Otter - Loch Erisort to your Itinerary

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    Loch an Duin, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Bog bean (Menyanthes Triolaiata). This lovely flower, often overlooked, can be found in the stream overflow from the reservoir.

    Add Bog Bean - Loch an Duin to your Itinerary

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    Youth Hostel, Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Berneray

    This is a large, heavy-billed diver can resemble a goose, especially in flight.

    Add Great Northern Diver - Berneray to your Itinerary

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    Loch Langavat, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3

    Isle of Harris

    Large diving water bird with red neck in summer plumage

    Add Red Throated Diver-Loch Langavat to your Itinerary

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    Committee Road, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    The Cuckoo is often seen along the fence running along the edge of Ben Risary plantation.

    Add Cuckoo-Committee Road 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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    South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Our largest mammal. Mature males have distinctive antlers.

    Add Red Deer - Pairc to your Itinerary

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    Glen Cravadale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The red deer is Scotlands largest land mammal.

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  10. © Laurie Campbell

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    Balranald, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Corncrakes are related to moorhens, coots and rails but differ from most members of the family in that they live on dry land.

    Add Corncrake - Balranald to your Itinerary

  11. Frog Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Early March Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Frog Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Early March Orchid © Laurie Campbell

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    Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Frog Orchid, Northern Marsh Orchid, Early Marsh Orchid, Greater Twayblade, and Lesser Butterfly Orchid are typical Machair orchid species.

    Add Frog Orchid - Seilebost Machair to your Itinerary

  12. Long Tailed Duck - Culla Bay

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    Nunton, Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5LU

    Isle Of Benbecula

    The long-tailed duck is a small, neat sea duck. They have small round heads and steep foreheads.

    Add Long Tailed Duck - Culla Bay 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

  14. © Laurie Campbell

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    Committee Road, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Males are ghostly grey whilst the females and youngsters are brown with a conspicious white 'ring' at base of tail.

    Add Hen Harrier - Committee Road to your Itinerary

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    Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    A carnivorous plant with starfish-shaped bright green leaves and a blue flower.

    Add Common Butterwort - Huisinis to your Itinerary

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    Lochmaddy Bay, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Pairs often visit the sea loch to feed.

    Add Red Throated Diver - Lochmaddy Bay to your Itinerary

  17. © Laurie Campbell

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    Reef, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle Of Lewis

    A low growing plant with small white 2 lobed flowers. Found on improved agricultural land and coastal grassland.

    Add Eyebright-Reef Sands to your Itinerary

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    Upper Carloway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9AQ

    Telephone

    01851 643204

    Isle of Lewis

    Awards

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

    Our 1-acre garden, part of Scotland's Gardens Scheme, is open to raise money for charity. A plantaholics garden, with many unusual plants, at least for Lewis, we aim for colour and exuberance with a great view over East Loch Roag.

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