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

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…

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

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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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    Lochmaddy Bay, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Pairs often visit the sea loch to feed.

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    Shiants, Outer Hebrides

    Present on off-shore islands from late April - August.

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    Loch Eynort, Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    The Common Seal are often hauled up on the rocks throughout the loch and are visible from the road.

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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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    Griminish, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

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

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    Hougharry, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Adults are large and bright white, except for a yellowish head and black wingtips.

    Add Gannet-Aird an Runair to your Itinerary

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    Reuval, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    Only owl species often seen in broad daylight

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    Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The Porpoise is our most common cetacean.

    Add Common Porpoise-Loch Trolemaraig to your Itinerary

  9. Loch Druidibeag Nature Reserve by Colin Smith

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    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.

    Add Loch Druidibeg to your Itinerary

  10. © Laurie Campbell

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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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    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

  12. Copyright- Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
    Copyright- Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust

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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

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    Loch Langavat, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large diving water bird with red neck in summer plumage

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    Rubha Ardvule, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This is our smallest bird of prey with males appearing a dashing, steel blue compared with the slightly larger, rusty-brown females and young.

    Add Merlin-Rubha Ardvule to your Itinerary

  15. © Laurie Campbell

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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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    Grenitote, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BP

    Isle Of North Uist

    The Common Buzzard is sometimes described as "The Tourists Eagle". A commonly seen bird of prey.

    Add Common Buzzard-Aird a Mhorain to your Itinerary

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    Loch Carabhat, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    North Uist

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

    Add Black Throated Diver-Loch Carabhat 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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