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.

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…

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,…

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 © 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…

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.

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.

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

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…

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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  1. 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

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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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    Committee Road, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    This rusty brown, pigeon-sized game bird occurs on the moorland either side of the road.

    Add Red Grouse - Committee Road to your Itinerary

  4. Address

    Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris


     

     

     

    Add Heath spotted Orchid-Huisinis to your Itinerary

  5. © Chris Denehy

    Address

    Vatersay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    The basking SHark (Cetorhinus Maximus) is one of the largest fish seen in the waters around the Outer Hebrides. .

    Add Basking Shark - Between Vatersay and Mingulay to your Itinerary

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    Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

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

    Add Great Northern Diver-Sound of Taransay 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

  8.   © Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

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    Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Elecampan (Inula Helenium) is a tall yellow cultivated flower, now growing wild.

    Add Elecampane-Eoligarry to your Itinerary

  9. Address

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

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    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.

    Add Leathad Ard Garden to your Itinerary

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    Vatersay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Coeloglossum viride

    When heading uphill towards Eorisdale, look out for this easily over-looked member of orchid family.

    Add Frog Orchid-South Beach to your Itinerary

  11. © Laurie Campbell

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Short, compact plant with pale yellow flowers

    Add Primrose - Dalmore to your Itinerary

  12. Address

    Borve, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    The Great Yellow Bumblebee is a large bee with a yellow or brownish yellow body with a single black band (between the wings).

    Add Great Yellow Bumble Bee-Borve to your Itinerary

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    Berie Sands, Uig, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Tall, slim stems with pale blue flowers

    Add Harebell- Berie Sands to your Itinerary

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    Polochar, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

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

    Add Great Northern Diver - Polochar to your Itinerary

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

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    Grimsay, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    A huge bird of prey, with its long broad wings and longish tail, it has a different outline to the smaller Buzzard.

    Add Golden Eagle - Kallin Harbour to your Itinerary

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    Garry Beach, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Low to medium growing with globular flowerheads, found on coastal grassland and agricultural land

    Add Red Clover- Garry Beach 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

  18. © 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

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