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

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

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.

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

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.

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,…

Golden Eagle © Laurie Campbell

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

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…

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

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 © 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.

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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    Glen Miavaig, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Sundews are a group of low growing carnivorous plants that grow in nutrient poor soils.

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    North Loch Eynort, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    South Uist

    The Cuckoo is heard regularly calling with its classic "Cuckoo" call around the wooded garden at the end of the road.

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    Maaruig, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    Flowering moorland plant that sets the moors alight in June and July.

    Add Bog Asphodel - Maaruig 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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    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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    Sound of Harris, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

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

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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.

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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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    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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    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    The largest shark seen in the waters around the Outer Hebrides.

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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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    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.

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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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    Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    The gardens and surrounding moorland often hold the odd bird during the spring and summer.

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    Carnan, Isle of Mingulay, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Mingulay

    Solidago vigaurea
    Colony of dwarf variety, located near the top of the tallest cliff

    Add Golden Rod (dwarf)-Baille na Craig 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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    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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    Eoropie, Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Low/medium annual flowering plant with White/Mauve flowers

    Add Sea Rocket-Eoropie to your Itinerary

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