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

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.

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.

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 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

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

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…

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

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…

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

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.

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

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,…

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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    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.

    Add Loch Stiapabhat to your Itinerary

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    Lochmaddy, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AD

    Isle Of North Uist

    Otters have long, slim bodies and relatively short limbs, with webbed paws.

    Add Otter - Sponish Bridge to your Itinerary

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    Sound of Taransay, 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 Taransay to your Itinerary

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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

  5. © 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

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    Polochar, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

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

    Add Great Northern Diver - Polochar to your Itinerary

  7. Slavonian Grebe-Sound of Taransay

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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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    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

  9. © Laurie Campbell

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    Eoligarry, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Barra

    Primula vulgaris
    Magnificent display of a common species

    Add Primrose - Ben Eoligarry machair to your Itinerary

  10. © 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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    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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    Loch Stilligarry, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This sparrow-like bird superficially resembles corn bunting although is much slimmer and the males show a black head.

    Add Reed Bunting - Loch Stilligarry 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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    Loch Langavat, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3

    Isle of Harris

    Large diving water bird with red neck in summer plumage

    Add Red Throated Diver-Loch Langavat to your Itinerary

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    Mangersta, Uig, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Low growing white flower with 5 petals found in rocky crevices and shingle on coast

    Add Sea Campion - Mangurstadh Head to your Itinerary

  16. Copyright- Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust
    Copyright- Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust

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    Bogha Glas, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The golden eagle is one of two eagle species found on Harris

    Add Golden Eagle - Bogha Glas 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

    Isle of Harris

    The Porpoise is our most common cetacean.

    Add Common Porpoise-Loch Trolemaraig to your Itinerary

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