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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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    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XR

    Isle of Lewis

    Large aquatic mammal. Strong Profile

    Add Grey Seal - Stornoway Harbour 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

    Add Great Northern Diver-Sound of Harris to your Itinerary

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    Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Rare flower found only in North Uist!

    Add Hebridean Marsh Orchid-Clachan Sands to your Itinerary

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    Clisham, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The mountain hare is about twice the size of a rabbit with much longer hind legs and a white winter coat.

    Add Mountain Hare - An Cliseam to your Itinerary

  5. © 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

  6. © Laurie Campbell

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    Loch an Duin, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Bog bean (Menyanthes Triolaiata). This lovely flower, often overlooked, can be found in the stream overflow from the reservoir.

    Add Bog Bean - Loch an Duin to your Itinerary

  7. © Laurie Campbell

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Medium, slim plant with pale to deep purple spike of flowers.

    Add Early Purple Orchid-Gearranan to your Itinerary

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    Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large eagle species found mainly in coastal areas

    Add White Tailed Sea Eagle-Rhenigidale to your Itinerary

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

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    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

  10. © Laurie Campbell

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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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    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

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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.

    Add Sundew - Glen Miavaig to your Itinerary

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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

    Distinctive medium sized wading bird with dark green upper parts, white underparts and a crest.

    Add Lapwing - Northton Machair to your Itinerary

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    Maaruig, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    An unmistakable mammal perfectly adapted to living in the water.

    Add Otter - Maaruig to your Itinerary

  16. © Laurie Campbell

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    Loch Druidibeg, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    South Uist

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

    Add Black Throated Diver-Loch Druidibeg to your Itinerary

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    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

  18. © Laurie Campbell

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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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