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

    Isle of Lewis

    Short, compact plant with pale yellow flowers

    Add Primrose - Marvig to your Itinerary

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    Eochdar, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This dumpy looking finch with prominent white flashes in the wing can often be found on the machair in winter.

    Add Snow Bunting - Eochdar to your Itinerary

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    Mangersta, Uig, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    One of the largest fish seen in the waters around the Outer Hebrides.

    Add Basking Shark - Mangersta Head to your Itinerary

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    Rueuval, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    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 - Reuval 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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    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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    Loch Skipport, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Occasionally seen at close range from the old pier at the end of the road.

    Add Red Throated Diver - Loch Skipport to your Itinerary

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    Ardivachar, Isle of South Uist, Outer hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This elusive, grey and brown bird is slightly smaller than a moorhen and found around thick cover.

    Add Corncrake - Ardivachar to your Itinerary

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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

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    Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Rare flower found only in North Uist!

    Add Hebridean Marsh Orchid-Clachan Sands to your Itinerary

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    Leverburgh, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3HP

    Isle of Harris

    An unmistakable mammal perfectly adapted to living in the water.

    Add Otter - An Clachan to your Itinerary

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    Lochmaddy, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AD

    Isle Of North Uist

    Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs, with webbed paws.

    Add Otter - Sponish Bridge to your Itinerary

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    Lingerbay, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    Low growing evergreen shrub found in rocky moorland areas.

    Add Dwarf Juniper-Lingerbay to your Itinerary

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    Bogach, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Drosera intermedia. - Insectivorous plant found in marshy ground

    Add Oblong-Leaved Sundew -Loch nic Ruaidhe to your Itinerary

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    Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Refered to as a 'flying barn door' due to its sheer size and bulk.

    Add White Tailed Sea Eagle - Lochmaddy to your Itinerary

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    Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Small diving waterbird

    Add Slavonian Grebe-Sound of Taransay to your Itinerary

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    Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The corncrake is a rare but characteristic Machair species, a similar shape, size and colour to a chicken.

    Add Corncrake - Seilebost Machair to your Itinerary

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    Mangersta, Uig, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Low growing white flower with 5 petals found in rocky crevices and shingle on coast

    Add Sea Campion - Mangurstadh Head to your Itinerary

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