Every autumn the five islands of the Monach Isles National Nature Reserve play host to one of the most important breeding colonies of Atlantic grey seals in the world.
These uninhabited islands are a refuge for the second largest grey seal colony in the world and a cacophony of breeding seabirds. A mix of sand dunes and low coastal plains provide a canvas for the bright machair flowers of summer.
The Monach Isles National Nature Reserve support one of the largest single black guillemot colonies in the UK, and spring is a great time of year to spot these birds.
Visit in the summer to see gorgeous flowering plants and seabirds raising their young, whilst in autumn the seals breed before going back out into the Atlantic.
Facilities include an information panel and a leaflet which is available from Scottish Natural Heritage or the local tourist office.