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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    Clachan Sands, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Rare flower found only in North Uist!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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    Loch Langavat, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3

    Isle of Harris

    Large diving water bird with red neck in summer plumage

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

    Isle Of North Uist

    Seal viewing point

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    Rueuval, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    This is our smallest bird of prey with males appearing a dashing, steel blue compared with the slightly larger, rusty-brown females and young.

    Add Merlin - Reuval to your Itinerary

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    Loch Druidibeg, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Males are ghostly grey whilst the females and youngsters are brown with a conspicious white 'ring' at base of tail.

    Add Hen Harrier - Loch Druidibeg 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

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    Amhuinnsuidhe, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Large migratory fish species closely related to Trout

    Add Atlantic Salmon - Amhuinnsuidhe to your Itinerary

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    Balranald township, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Much slimmer and smaller than the corn bunting this bird is often breeds in reed beds.

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    Maaruig, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

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

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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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    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.

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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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    Vatersay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    The Field Gentian (Gentianella Campestris) on Vatersay is home to the largest display on Barra and Vatersay.


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    Committee Road, Malacleit, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Medium sized, sandy brown, day flying owl.

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    Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Ophioglossum vulgatum.- Very small fern 3cm tall

    Add Adder's Tongue Fern - Ben Eoligarry to your Itinerary

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