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

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.

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

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

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 © 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.

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 © 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

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…

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

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.

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

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

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…

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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    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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    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Large aquatic mammal. Strong Profile

    Add Grey Seal - Butt of Lewis to your Itinerary

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    Finsbay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    The Common Seal is the smaller of our two seal species and is often seen hauled up on rocky skerries at low tide.

    Add Common Seal - Loch Fhionnsabhaigh 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

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    Northton, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Harris

    Small wading bird with a curved bill and black belly.

    Add Dunlin - Northton Machair to your Itinerary

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    Stoneybridge, 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 - Stoneybridge to your Itinerary

  7. © Laurie Campbell

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    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    The largest shark seen in the waters around the Outer Hebrides.

    Add Basking Shark - Port of Ness to your Itinerary

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    Youth Hostel, Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Berneray

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

    Add Great Northern Diver - Berneray to your Itinerary

  9. © Laurie Campbell

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    Valasay, Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of Lewis

    Large semi-aquatic animal. Very sleek profile in water.

    Add European Otter - Valasay to your Itinerary

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    Ben Tarbet, Loch Druidibeg, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    This rusty brown, pigeon-sized game bird can be found on the moorland north of Loch Druidibeg.

    Add Red Grouse-Ben Tarbet to your Itinerary

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    Kildonan, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    An excellent area for sightings of this species.

    Add Short Eared Owl - Kildonan to your Itinerary

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    Toddun, 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 - Toddun to your Itinerary

  13. © 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

  14. © 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

  15. © Laurie Campbell

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

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    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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    South Lochs, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

    Our largest mammal. Mature males have distinctive antlers.

    Add Red Deer - Pairc to your Itinerary

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