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Wildlife Adventures – Outer Hebrides & St Kilda

  • Explore by boat and on foot, some of the most pristine, wild and spectacular seabird locations in Europe (including, weather permitting, St Kilda – a double UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Look for otters, red deer and golden eagles on the Isle of Harris
  • Discover the Uists, stronghold of the rare Corncrake and world famous for their wildflowers and windswept beauty
  • 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels
  • Most meals during the trip (Meals included indicated as B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • The services of an experienced and knowledgeable guide / driver throughout
  • All transport throughout the trip starting and finishing in Inverness
  • All boat trips and ferry transfers

Green Graded Wildlife Holidays 1-3

All of our wildlife trips are graded Green and involve straightforward hiking with no major ascents, as well as other activities which are pitched at novice level. You can expect to be active for around 5 hours each day so you will need a reasonable level of fitness. Please note that there may be some early starts and late nights as we seek to maximise our chances of finding wildlife, although you can always opt out of activities if you prefer an early night or long lie in the morning!

So to help you decide if you are fit enough for this kind of trip, ask yourself:

  1. Are you generally active and, for example, happy to hike for 6 miles (10km), including some ascent, with rough ground in places?
  2. Are you up for a challenge and trying new activities such as sea kayaking or boat trips?
  3. Are you looking for a wildlife trip which involves more than simply sitting in a hide?

Accommodation

This itinerary is based in two different locations throughout the course of the week, with 3 nights on Harris and 3 nights on North Uist.

Single Room Supplement

Single guests willing to share will be accommodated in a twin room with a member of the same sex. For this itinerary, a supplement of £300 per person will be payable where a single, en-suite room is required. This is subject to availability as per our booking terms and conditions.

You will be met by your Wilderness Scotland Guide at the fixed seating area in the centre of Inverness Railway Station at 08.00 am on Day 1 of your trip. Most people choose to stay in Inverness before the trip. We aim to have you back by 17.30 pm on the last day.

For full details on how to get to Inverness, please see our website: Travel to Scotland section.

Prices and Departures

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2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
13th May - 19th May 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£1,595
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
12th May - 18th May 2018
£1,595
Places available
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
Places available

Trip Details

Explore the pristine Outer Hebrides island chain on Scotland’s far west coast, discovering its abundant wildlife, including some of the rarest wildlife to be found in Scotland.

On this wildlife holiday in the Outer Hebrides, we’ll enjoy coastal and glen hikes and, weather permitting, a boat trip to the incredible archipelago of St Kilda. On our May departure, we hope to see the spring migration of skuas to their summer breeding grounds – one of Scotland’s great nature events.

Your knowledgeable guide will provide a fascinating insight into the rich tapestry of island life, history and geology of the Outer Hebrides. Of course, they will also help you spot wildlife, which may include golden eagles, white tailed sea eagles, puffins, basking sharks, whales and dolphins, as well helping you identify the rich flora of the islands found in the famous coastal ‘machairs’ or flower meadows. With charming accommodation and delicious food, this special trip provides a memorable insight into the wildlife of these wild and beautiful islands.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to the Outer Hebrides 

After meeting in Inverness, we catch the morning ferry across to the Isle of Lewis, the largest island in the Outer Hebrides archipelago. The ferry journey across the ‘Minch’ takes us through well-known seabird and cetacean feeding areas – so we should have some good sightings before we even arrive on the islands! Our first stop is a visit to the mysterious standing stone circle at Callanish before retiring to our hotel on Harris. (D)

Day 2 – St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site

The plan for today is to take a boat trip to the famous archipelago of St Kilda. Being over 40 miles offshore, it will be a 3 hour journey each way by boat to visit this amazing double World Heritage Site on this challenging but vastly rewarding day. The crossing provides a great opportunity for marine sightings, with mid to late summer being especially good for basking sharks. We’ll have a few hours on land to explore – with fascinating islander history, some of the highest sea cliffs in Britain, and globally important colonies of gannets, fulmars and puffins, this is one of the most spectacular places you can ever visit. Note that if the weather or sea conditions do not allow us to visit St Kilda during the trip, we’ll enjoy a boat trip in the Loch Roag area instead, exploring the remote west coast of Lewis and its plentiful wildlife. (B,L)

Day 3 – The Wildlife of Harris 

We will spend the day exploring Harris hiking along some excellent glen or coastal routes. Home to vast expanses of moorland, this beautiful island holds nationally important breeding populations of greenshank and dunlin. Otters and eagles are known to regularly hunt in this terrain, and you may also see herds of red deer, which can often be seen grazing on the hillsides. (B,L)

Walk details: 8km, approx. 4 hrs

Day 4 – Across the Sea to North Uist

After exploring one of Harris’s vast beaches we take an early afternoon ferry across the Sound of Harris to North Uist. This remote and windswept beauty is home to Scotland’s most well known dramas, played out in a landscape populated by birds of prey and strung with pristine sandy beaches. With intricate rocky shores and beautiful sunsets, we are in good otter and diver territory, with plenty of places to stretch our legs before enjoying a warm welcome at our hotel.  (B, L)

Walk details: 6 km, approx. 3 hrs

Day 5 – South Uist and Benbecula: Raptors & Wildflowers

Like much of the archipelago, the west coast of South Uist holds empty sandy beaches and wildflower rich machair meadow, whilst the east coast offers rocky inlets and heather covered hills. We aim to explore on foot during the day, taking a packed lunch with us as we walk along the enticing coastline. We will take the opportunity to scan the hills for some of the local golden and sea eagles – soaring with a wingspan well over two metres. Other daytime hunters include the ghostly hen harrier and furious looking short eared owl, either of which could turn up almost anywhere during our time on the Uists. With otters, wildflowers, beachcombing and wildfowl all possible, there will be plenty for us to enjoy. We should also experience the endemic Hebridean song thrush! At migration times, these islands also tend to offer a stopover for exotic and lost migrating birds from America, the Arctic, Mediterranean – even the Far East! As long as we keep our eyes open, you never know what surprises we might find on this wildlife holiday…  (B, L)

Walk details: 8km, approx. 4 hrs

Day 6 – North Uist and Benbecula: Corncrakes & Great Skuas

A key species in this region is the secretive corncrake, which skulks and calls in the fertile machair meadows and ancient farmlands. The corncrake is most commonly spotted in May and June. At places such as the RSPB reserve at Balranald, these rare habitats also provide vital homes for many rare species, such as the great yellow bumblebee, corn bunting, golden ringed dragonfly and many scarce wildflowers (not to mention photogenic highland cows!). The heather moors of North Uist and Benbecula offer more good raptor hunting habitats and we will spend time in the search of more birds of prey, returning summer migrants such as wheatear and stonechat and perhaps red deer. On the May departure, we may have the opportunity to witness one of the most thrilling wildlife spectacles in the UK – the northward passage of hundreds of skuas to their summer breeding grounds. (B, L, D)

Walk details: 8km, approx. 4 hrs

Day 7 – Return to Inverness

We begin our journey back to Inverness today, but the opportunities to stop and take in some wonderful scenery and perhaps get more excellent wildlife sightings are still on offer! We depart by ferry across the Minch again, this time on the late morning ferry, heading for the Isle of Skye. From here, we head back to Inverness via Loch Ness, arriving by around 5.30pm. (B, L)

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Prices and Departures

35 people viewed this trip in the last week

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2017 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
13th May - 19th May 2017
£1,595
Trip Full
15th Jul - 21st Jul 2017
£1,595
Trip Full

2018 Trip Dates

Trip Date
Price
Availability
Trip Status
 
12th May - 18th May 2018
£1,595
Places available
14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
Places available

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Duration: 6 night(s)

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