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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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    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

  2. © Laurie Campbell

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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.

    Add Black Throated Diver-Sound of Barra to your Itinerary

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    Griminish, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    Often encountered at the roadside during the morning and late evenings from May - July.

    Add Short Eared Owl-Griminish to your Itinerary

  4. © Laurie Campbell

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    Hougharry, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5DL

    Isle Of North Uist

    Corn Bunting is our largest bunting. Dull streaked brown, with paler underparts, a jangley song and is most usually seen perched on a wire or post.

    Add Corn Bunting - Balranald to your Itinerary

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    Glen Cravadale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The red deer is Scotlands largest land mammal.

    Add Red Deer - Glen Cravadale to your Itinerary

  6. © Laurie Campbell

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    Committee Road, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

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

    Add Hen Harrier - Committee Road to your Itinerary

  7. © Laurie Campbell

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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

  8. Address

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

    Telephone

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

    Isle of Lewis

    Short, low growing with spike of bright yellow flowers

    Add Lady's Bedstraw-Ardroil Sands to your Itinerary

  10. © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell

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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

  11. © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell

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    Berneray Harbour, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North Uist

    Common seals are brown, tan, or grey, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.

    Add Common Seal - Berneray Harbour to your Itinerary

  12. Address

    Bosta, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Low/medium annual flowering plant with White/Mauve flowers

    Add Sea Rocket-Bosta to your Itinerary

  13. 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

  14. © Laurie Campbell

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    Lingerbay, Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Harris

    Low growing evergreen shrub found in rocky moorland areas.

    Add Dwarf Juniper-Lingerbay to your Itinerary

  15. © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell

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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

  16. © Laurie Campbell

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    Aird, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    This elusive, grey and brown bird is slightly smaller than a moorhen and found around thick cover.

    Add Corncrake - Aird to your Itinerary

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    Committee Road, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of North 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.

    Add Merlin-Committee Road to your Itinerary

  18. Address

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

    Telephone

    01870 620238

    Isle of South Uist


     

     

     

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