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.

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 © 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

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…

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,…

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

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 © 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…

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

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

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.

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. 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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    Boisdale, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5TF

    Isle of South Uist

    A good area to see this species during the spring and summer.

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

    Isle of Lewis

    A low growing plant with small white 2 lobed flowers. Found on improved agricultural land and coastal grasslands.

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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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    Rhenigidale, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    Black and white seabird with bright orange legs.

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    Sound of Barra, Eriskay, Outer Hebrides

    Eriskay

    This stunning diver species breeds on large moorland lochs in the summer and winters in coastal waters.

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    Bosta, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Low/medium annual flowering plant with White/Mauve flowers

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    Loch Langavat, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large colourful day-flying moth found on the moors.

    Add Emperor Moth - Loch Langavat to your Itinerary

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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.

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    Howmore, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This rather fat looking, sparrow-like bird and occurs on the machair, either side of the Howmore River mouth.

    Add Corn Bunting - Howmore River Mouth to your Itinerary

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    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.

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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.

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    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XB

    Isle of Lewis

    Loch Stiapabhat bird reserve and hide to watch golden plover, Lapwing, whooper swans, geese and many rare migrants. The hide is open all year.

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    Shiants, Outer Hebrides

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

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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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    Youth Hostel, Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Berneray

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

    Add Great Northern Diver - Berneray to your Itinerary

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    Loch Mor, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    This sleek, elegant bird with a silvery body, slender wings and elongated tail streamers can be found in the islands from late April - October.

    Add Artic Tern - Loch Mor to your Itinerary

  18. Loch Druidibeag Nature Reserve by Colin Smith

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

    Isle Of South Uist

    There is a self-guided walk which will take approximately 3 hours.

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