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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.

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…

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

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

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.

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

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…

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.

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.

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,…

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.

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…

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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  4. Puffins
    Puffins are lots of people's favourite bird. Their iconic colouring - the blacks, whites and bright oranges, instantly giving rise to nicknames like ‘Sea Parrots’ and ‘Clowns of the Sea’.
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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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    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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    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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    St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

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

    Add Puffin - St Kilda to your Itinerary

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    Pabbay, Isle of Pabbay, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Pabbay

    Eryngium maritimum
    A new colony of a plant that is very rare in the Outer Hebrides

    Add Sea Holly-Pabbay Beach 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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    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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    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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    Mingulay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

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

    Add Puffin - Mingulay to your Itinerary

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    Garynahine, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Our largest mammal. Mature males have distinctive antlers.

    Add Red Deer - Garynahine to your Itinerary

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    Vatersay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    The Field Gentian (Gentianella Campestris) on Vatersay is home to the largest display on Barra and Vatersay.


    Add Field Gentian-South Beach 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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    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

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    Sound of Harris, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Larger of two British seal species.

    Add Grey Seal - Sound of Harris 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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    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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    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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    Loch Druidibeg, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

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

    Add Hen Harrier - Loch Druidibeg to your Itinerary

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