North Uist is a stunning blend of beaches, machair lands and freshwater lochs.
The beaches on North Uist are made of white sand and turquoise water. There are too many beaches on the island to visit in one week and information on the best ones can be found in our cottage. It is not unusual to be the only ones on a 2km white sandy beach here in the middle of summer.
Bird watching and wildlife
There is an abundance of wildlife on the island including, corncrakes, hen harriers, sea eagles, short eared owls, whooper swans, red deer, sea otters, harbour porpoises, grey seals, common seals, boat trips to see basking sharks, pilot whales, dolphins and killer whales can be arranged.
Western Isles Wildlife offers a wide range of tours that can either concentrate on a particular aspect of the local natural history or provide a general overview of the rich diversity of wildlife in the islands. Bird tours offer the chance to catch up with sort after species such as Corncrake, Red-necked Phalarope, White-tailed Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Red-throated Diver, Black-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver and many more depending on the time of year. Otter tours are also very popular and the trips offer a very good chance of catching up with one or more. Otters are widespread in the islands but the experience of looking for them, gained over many hours spent in the field means that we have the most up to date knowledge of where and when is best to look for them. We also offer trips to look at the machair flora as well as specialist species of orchids such as Bog Orchid and Irish Ladyís Tresses. General wildlife tours often record a good mix of mammals, birds and flowers and are designed to be flexible for individuals and groups. Western Isles Wildlife is run by Steve Duffield who has been resident in the islands since January 2005. Having travelled widely throughout the UK and abroad Steve and gained a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of natural history which began as a birder at the tender age of 7.
There are two main bodies that manage the Lochs on the island and further information can be found on their websites below.
We have books and information in the cottage about walks on the island.