Flora & Fauna in May

Visit Scotland in May and discover one of the rarest habitats in Europe, found only in the north and west of Britain and Ireland - the machair.  The word ‘machair’ is Gaelic, meaning an extensive, low-lying fertile plain.

Almost half of the Scottish machair can be found in the Outer Hebrides, with the best and most extensive in the Uists and Barra, and also Tiree. From May onwards, the machair is a colourful carpet of orchids, irises and poppies which you will usually find on the coasts behind long, sandy beaches.

Why not plan an island hopping break to see machair and amazing wildlife? You can travel with ease around the Inner and Outer Hebrides with ferry with operator Caledonian MacBrayne.

With wild coastline and stunning landscapes, the Outer Hebrides is a true haven for wildlife. Situated on the outer north-western edge of the British Isles, you will be amazed at the number of species and diverse habitats to be discovered here. With over 55 Sites of Scientific Interest, three National Nature Reserves and one Local Nature Reserve, this is a truly unique, inspiring and beautiful place to visit.

There are varied terrains across the Outer Hebrides which are home to a huge variety of species and make great birdwatching sites. You might see breeding birds of prey, including the magnificent golden eagle and the UK’s largest, the white-tailed sea eagle, or sea birds like the iconic puffin.