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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  1. Address

    Berneray, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BQ

    Isle Of North Uist

    Seal viewing point

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  2. Address

    Loch Stilligarry, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This sparrow-like bird superficially resembles corn bunting although is much slimmer and the males show a black head.

    Add Reed Bunting - Loch Stilligarry to your Itinerary

  3. Address

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Short, low growing with spike of bright yellow flowers

    Add Lady's Bedstraw-Dalmore to your Itinerary

  4. © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
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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.

    Add Common Seal - Loch Eynort to your Itinerary

  5. Address

    Garynahine, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Our largest mammal. Mature males have distinctive antlers.

    Add Red Deer - Garynahine to your Itinerary

  6. © Laurie Campbell

    Address

    Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Primula vulgaris
    Magnificent display of a common species

    Add Primrose - Ben Eoligarry machair to your Itinerary

  7. Address

    Reuval, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    Only owl species often seen in broad daylight

    Add Short Eared Owl - Reuval to your Itinerary

  8. Address

    Houghgarry, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Telephone

    01876 560287

    Isle of North Uist

    A beautiful reserve on the north west coast of North Uist with sandy beaches, rocky foreshore,, marshes and sand dunes.

    Add Balranald RSPB Nature Reserve to your Itinerary

  9. White Billed Diver - Balranald

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    Balranald, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    A rare passage migrant off Uist

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  10.  © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
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     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
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     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
     © Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust

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    Glean Meavaig, Meavaig, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AW

    Telephone

    01859 502222

    Isle Of Harris

    With some of the highest densities of breeding golden eagles in all of Europe, North Harris provides one of the best opportunities in Scotland for viewing this iconic species.

    Add North Harris Eagle Observatory to your Itinerary

  11. © Laurie Campbell

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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.

    Add Cuckoo-Lochmaddy to your Itinerary

  12. Address

    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

  13. Address

    Glen Langadail, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The red deer is Scotlands largest land mammal.

    Add Red Deer - Glen Langadail to your Itinerary

  14. Address

    Lochmaddy Ferry, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

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

    Add Puffin - Lochmaddy Ferry to your Itinerary

  15. Address

    Stilligarry, Stilligarry, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5RS

    Telephone

    01870 620238

    Isle of South Uist


     

     

     

    Add Scottish Natural Heritage to your Itinerary

  16. Address

    Northton, 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 Machair Orchids - Northton 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

  18. © Laurie Campbell

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    Liniclate, Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5PY

    Isle Of Benbecula

    The Black-throated Diver is a Mallard sized water bird with a stout bill, and bold black and white markings on the back and throat.

    Add Black Throated Diver-Ruabhal to your Itinerary

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