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Wildlife of North & South Uist - The Outer Hebrides...In Style!

Tour Code: GBR21

An 8-day birdwatching tour of the beautiful islands of North and South Uist.

8 days from £1495(flights not included) Land Only Price: £0 SRS: £300


The Outer Hebrides in spring offers a superb and varied wildlife experience. We meet in Inverness and drive through the stunning Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Skye and onwards to the port of Uig before boarding a ferry to Lochmaddy on North Uist (a journey of around 2 hours). From our base at the beautifully appointed Hamersay House on North Uist we will explore the three islands of Benbecula, North & South Uist which are linked by road causeways to visit the moorland, lochs and machair. The latter is a unique coastal habitat of short grass sward on sandy soil, a product of croft farming, which has created habitat for a spectacular array of flowers and breeding waders. At this time of year the waders should be pairing up and the air will be filled with their display flights and calls; the islands are also home to the rare and elusive Corncrake. The moorland offers wonderful opportunities for seeing both Golden and White-tailed Eagles, Short-eared Owl and Hen Harrier, and the lochs will be home to breeding Red-throated and Black-throated

  • Drives & easy-paced wildlife walks on North & South Uist, plus Benbecula
  • Look for Otter, seals & Red Deer  
  • Golden Eagles, Hen Harrier, Merlin & Short-eared Owl 
  • Corncrakes & many breeding waders
  • Boat trip from Grimsay to view fishing White-tailed Eagles
  • A 7-night single-centre stay in a delightful family-run hotel on North Uist with top quality cuisine
  • Expert naturalist guide
     
  • Food

    Breakfast and dinner included. Lunches at own expense.

    Accommodation

    Upgraded for 2018 to North Uist's 4-star hotel, the family-run Hamersay House. Based in the outskirts of Lochmaddy with comfortable en-suite rooms and renowned cuisine with lingredients locally sourced

  • Arctic Skua (Paul Marshall)

    Arctic Skua (Paul Marshall)

    Outline Itinerary Download

    1 Inverness to Skye. Ferry to North Uist

    2 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    3 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    4 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    5 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    6 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    7 Benbecula, North and South Uists

    8 Ferry to Skye and transfer to Inverness

    North Uist, South Uist and Benbecula comprise the wild and beautiful southern islands of the Outer Hebrides and on this holiday we'll explore their fabulous mountain,'machair' and lakeland habitats. We will be based for the week on North Uist. The lochs of South Uist support breeding waterfowl, including wild Greylag Geese, plus such waders as Snipe, Redshank, Golden Plover and occasional Greenshank. Corncrakes call persistently day and night from the hay meadows, and by the sea-lochs and inlets we'll look for Otters, and both Grey and Common Seals. The Uists in May are also great for seabirds, and are one of the best places to observe the passage of our four Skua species: Pomarine, Long-tailed, Arctic and Great. Breeding raptors are another highlight, amongst them Short-eared Owl, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, and both White-tailed and Golden Eagles, and we might also see all three of our Divers: Black-throated, Red-throated and Great Northern. Standing stones, cairns, and a vibrant Gaelic culture provide a rich cultural ingredient to this special destination, while the sighting of a rare Snowy Owl or Red-necked Phalarope may add final icing to the cake!
    Caledonian MacBrayne ferry (Derek Mills)Common Dolphin (Derek Mills)Common Eiders (Derek Mills)Kittiwake (Derek Mills)Otter signpost! (Derek Mills)North Uist (Paul Marshall)Hen Harrier (Paul Marshall)Grey Seals (Derek Mills)Buzzard (Derek Mills)Lapwing Chick (Derek Mills)Otters (Derek Mills)Otter (Derek Mills)Shelducks and chicks (Derek Mills)A Uist beach (Derek Mills)Corncrake (Derek Mills)Snowy Owl (Derek Mills)Short-eared Owl (Derek Mills)Short-eared Owl (Derek Mills)Uist scenery (Derek Mills)Wild Pony (Derek Mills)Gannet (Derek Mills)Arctic Skua (Derek Mills)Purple Sandpiper (Derek Mills)Atlantic swell (Derek Mills)Great Northern Diver and fish (Derek Mills)Dunlin (Derek Mills)Northern Wheatear (Derek Mills)Hen Harrier (Derek Mills)Red Deer (Derek Mills)
    J.S.
    Hampshire
    The guide was amazing, his enthusiasm, energy and consideration to everyone's needs was 100%. Without him I would not have seen half of the most important things. He was so patient and determined that we would see as much as possible. All in all a holiday I will never forget.
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    Sat 19th May 2018 - Sat 26th May 2018

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    £1495

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    The guide was amazing, his enthusiasm, energy and consideration to everyone's needs was 100%. Without him I would not have seen half of the most important things. He was so patient and determined that we would see as much as possible. All in all a holiday I will never forget.
    J.S., Hampshire