Wildlife trail

The Outer Hebrides offer the chance of some thrilling wildlife experiences given the amazing range of different habitats, each with their accompanying native or visiting wildlife.

The region is an important area for conservation and includes within its boundaries the World Heritage Site of St Kilda together with numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest, National Scenic Areas, and National Nature Reserves.  

Explore the selection of reserves on this trail to experience and enjoy the incredible range of species to be found in the Outer Hebrides.

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Balranald RSPB reserve, Outer Hebrides

Balranald RSPB reserve

Attraction

Balranald RSPB is a beautiful Hebridean reserve where you can spot wonderful wildlife all year round including oystercatchers, Greenland barnacle geese, hen harriers, whooper swans and teals.

Loch Druidibeg reserve, Outer Hebrides

Loch Druidibeg

Attraction

Loch Druidibeg, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on South Uist is home to a wide range of wildlife including corncrakes, herons, graylag geese, golden eagles and peregrines.

Monach Isles, Outer Hebrides

Monach Isles NNR

Attraction

The uninhabited islands making up this NNR are a refuge for one of the world's largest grey seal colonies plus huge numbers of breeding seabirds. Local charters are available in North Uist to take you to the islands.

Mingulay, Outer Hebrides

Mingualy, Berneray & Pabbay

Attraction

These three deserted islands were made a Special Protection Area due to the internationally important populations of breeding seabirds, particularly razorbill, guillemot, fulmar, kittiewake and shag. Access is by boats leaving from Castlebay on Barra.

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides

St Kilda NNR

Attraction

Remote, spectacular and a designated World Heritage Site, the St Kilda National Nature Reserve is Europe's most important seabird breeding area. Access is via charter boats from Oban, Leverburgh (Harris), Miavaig (Lewis) and Berneray (North Uist).

Rona and Sula Sgier, Outer Hebrides

Rona and Sula Sgier National Nature Reserve

Attraction

Surrounded by the stormy Atlantic Ocean, the Rona and Sula Sgier islands are the home for colonies of seabirds and seals. Visitors are strongly advised to contact SNH before considering a trip, as it is the most difficult of all the reserves to reach.