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

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 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…

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 © 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

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

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

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.

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…

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,…

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

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    Medium, slim plant with pale to deep purple spike of flowers.

    Add Early Purple Orchid-Loch Mor Barvas to your Itinerary

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    Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

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    Large aquatic mammal. Strong Profile

    Add Grey Seal - Butt of Lewis to your Itinerary

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    Kershader, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Lewis

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

    Add European Otter - Loch Erisort 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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    Snishival, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Isle of South Uist

    This rusty brown, pigeon-sized game bird occurs on the moorland either side of the main road.

    Add Red Grouse-Snishival to your Itinerary

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    Griminish, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    Scan this freshwater loch from the roadside

    Add Otter - Loch a 'Chinn Uacraich to your Itinerary

  7. Callanish Alpacas

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    20 Callanish, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY

    Isle of Lewis

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