Wildlife in the Outer Hebrides

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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

A few ideas.....

  1. Rob Howard eagles
    Wildlife Tours in the stunning Pairc district of the Isle of Lewis
    1. 1st January 202431st December 2024
  2. Puffin and boat at the Shiant Isles
    Take a wildlife trip to The Shiant Isles
  3. Many wading and farmland birds nest on the machair including corn buntings and corncrakes.
  4. White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell
    At Loch Stiapabhat in Ness there is an fantastic eagle hide
    1. 1st January 202431st December 2024
  5. 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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  1. Address

    Princes Strand, Eriskay, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5JN

    Eriskay, Isle of South Uist

    This pink and white, striped funnel-shaped flower is found only here in the Outer Hebrides

    Add Sea Bindweed - Princes Strand to your Itinerary

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    Sound of Taransay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Small diving waterbird

    Add Slavonian Grebe-Sound of Taransay to your Itinerary

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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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    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

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    Poll na Crann, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5QA

    Isle of Benbecula

    This small bay holds Eiders throughout the year.

    Add Eider - Poll na Crann to your Itinerary

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    South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9RD

    Isle of Lewis

    Our largest mammal. Mature males have distinctive antlers.

    Add Red Deer - Pairc to your Itinerary

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    Rubha Ardvule, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SA

    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.

    Add Merlin-Rubha Ardvule 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.

    Add Machair Orchids - Northton to your Itinerary

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    Loch Skipport, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Occasionally seen at close range from the old pier at the end of the road.

    Add Red Throated Diver - Loch Skipport to your Itinerary

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    Maaruig, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    A medium sized moor land wader with a short bill dark underparts and golden upperparts

    Add Golden Plover - Maaruig 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

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    Ardvule, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SA

    Isle of South Uist

    There are regular sightings of Bottlenose Dolphins to the south and west of the headland.

    Add Bottlenosed Dolphin - Rubha Ardvule to your Itinerary

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    Pabbay, Isle of Pabbay, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Pabbay

    Eryngium maritimum
    A new colony of a plant that is very rare in the Outer Hebrides

    Add Sea Holly-Pabbay Beach 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

  15. Frog Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Early March Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Frog Orchid © Laurie Campbell
    Early March Orchid © Laurie Campbell

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    Seilebost, 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 Frog Orchid - Seilebost Machair to your Itinerary

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    Garry Beach, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Low to medium growing with globular flowerheads, found on coastal grassland and agricultural land

    Add Red Clover- Garry Beach to your Itinerary

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    Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3BD

    Isle of Harris

    The Porpoise is our most common cetacean.

    Add Common Porpoise-Loch Trolemaraig to your Itinerary

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    Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The corncrake is a rare but characteristic Machair species, a similar shape, size and colour to a chicken.

    Add Corncrake - Seilebost Machair to your Itinerary

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