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  • Kisimul Castle, Castlebay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides
    Kisimul Castle, Isle of Barra
  • The causeway road from South Uist to Eriskay, Outer Hebrides
    Causeway from South Uist to Eriskay
  • Traigh Sheileboist at Seilebost, looking towards Luskentyre from Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
    Traigh Sheileboist, Isle of Harris
  • A rocky outcrop by Uig Sands, Isle of Lewis
    Uig Sands, Isle of Lewis

Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are a true haven for wildlife. With stunning landscapes, 55 Sites of Special Scientific Interest and three National Nature Reserves, you will be amazed by this unique and inspiring island chain.


With its wild coastline and stunning landscapes, the Outer Hebrides are 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.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the contrasting terrain of low lying Lewis and mountainous Harris offer one of the greatest birding sites in Britain, boasting a number of breeding birds of prey, including the magnificent golden eagle and the UK’s largest, the white-tailed eagle. You may even catch a glimpse of the iconic puffin or the elusive corncrake.

No visit to the Outer Hebrides would be complete without travelling to the remote volcanic archipelago of St Kilda. This National Nature Reserve is a UNESCO Dual World Heritage site and, along with the secluded islands of the Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve, is home to one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe. The islands boast stacks of stunning jagged cliffs and crags. Hirta, the largest of the islands has some of the largest sea cliffs in Britain.

Experience a cruise around the Uists, the Barra Isles, and Eriskay, where basking sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and those ever-playful otters are regularly sighted. Each island has its own distinct character which shapes the nature of the people, animals and plants that make it their home.The fertile machair lands and endless dunes of the Monach Islands National Nature Reserve, North Uist, are home to some of the most stunning flower rich meadows of its kind, with many rare species of flowers like the Hebridean Marsh Orchid, Irish Lady’s Tresses or the Slender Naiad. Discover dozens of wading birds, including the redshank, lapwing and ringed plover. 

Come and experience for yourself this unspoilt wilderness - a place of great wildlife, tranquility and beauty.