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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.

Customer Kudos

Every client receives a feedback survey when they return from their guided, self guided or tailor made holiday with us.

Once completed the review is published on our website just as soon as our database updates. The little touches and details are important to us and where issues are raised we make positive changes to our trips to improve your experience.

That's why we read each of our client's reviews and although we don't respond to all of them, if it's glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your holidays truly memorable.

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by Sue Carlyle 27/07/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Slightly over-bombarded with instructions before the trip so inclined to ignore them!
Trip Comments
Malcolm was such a good guide for wildlife, and so knowledgeable. Highlight was trip by boat to Shiant Islands.
Accommodation and Food
Hotels very comfortable and food good.
Your Guide
Malcolm was very knowledgeable and patient and ensured everyone was having a good time.
The Bottom Line
Very good. Hope to do another trip with Wilderness Scotland next year, although I know they get booked up far ahead. Our daughter is doing one ih 2018 to Knoydart.

by Kimberly Miller 25/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

4Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Timely responses to email inquiries always appreciated.
Trip Comments
It is at all the fault of WS or the guide, but we did not see as much wildlife as I had hoped on this trip. Would have been excellent to see more wildlife.
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
Malcolm was very knowledgeable, not only about wildlife and the environment, but also about history. I learned a lot!
The Bottom Line
This was my second trip with Wilderness Scotland, and I would definitely recommend them -- trips are well organized and high quality.

by Liz Glenn 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
I requested a single room and the staff were very helpful despite sharing being normal. Staff gave a prompt , friendly and understanding response.
Trip Comments
Beautiful hotels in wonderful locations with friendly staff. Malcolm our guide was amazing at spotting wildlife; a highlight for me was seeing a short eared owl at close quarters. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited and about the wildlife we saw - I loved learning about moth caterpillars. He also knew all the best locations and good beaches.
Accommodation and Food
Both hotels were wonderful with great friendly staff, lovely, comfortable rooms.and good locations. I particularly enjoyed Langlass Lodge; such a great location and surroundings and the staff were great.
Your Guide
Malcolm is a great guide and good company. He is knowledgeable, ( I loved learning about moth caterpillars and dragon flies), great at spotting wildlife, a highlight for me was seeing a short eared owl at close quarters. He is good humoured and friendly and sorted out the day's programme to ensure everyone got the best experience and accommodated our different wishes with patience and good humour. He worked very hard to ensure we had a good time and I would like to thank him for this. He is an asset to Wilderness Scotland.
The Bottom Line
A wonderful trip which I will recommend without reservation to friends. All aspects of the trip were great. Obviously a lot of care and thought had been put into every aspect of the planning and during the trip our guide worked very hard to ensure we had a great time.

by Dave Owen 24/07/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

4Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

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Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Your Guide
The Bottom Line

by Margaret Morris 04/06/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Accommodation and Food
Comfortable accommodation and quality food throughout the trip.
Your Guide
Exceptional. Personable, knowledgeable and thoughtful. This particular trip has two built in elements of uncertainty (wildlife sightings and St Kilda visit) so much rests on the guide's ability to manage expectations and when necessary, disappointment. Fortunately Malcolm's expertise and the experience ensured an abundance of wildlife viewings. Upon first meeting the group, he advised us that the weather conditions for St Kilda were not looking favourable and continued to keep us updated so when the trip had to be cancelled it was not a surprise. His clear messaging prepared the group for the decision.
The Bottom Line
Having Malcolm lead my group was a gift. He is fully fluent in all things Outer Hebredian(?) - the wildlife, culture and history. He is a guide's guide. Thank you Wilderness Scotland.

by Yvonne Dawe 30/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

5Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Trip Comments
Our guide, Malcolm O'Reilly, was excellent. Loads of patience and great at multi tasking. He really does have eagle eyes too.
Accommodation and Food
Both hotels were very nice and comfortable. The food was good.
Your Guide
Our guide Malcolm was very knowledgeable. He did a great job.
The Bottom Line
Very happy with the experience and will certainly take trips with Wilderness Scotland again.

by Malcolm Dawe 29/05/2017

4Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

4The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
some of the guidance was very general. We still had to ask some questions on the specifics of our trip.
Trip Comments
Guide was excellent, accommodation good. The major disappointment was not getting to St Kilda. We hadn't been made aware what a risk that was, something you could maybe help with by being more explicit about.
Accommodation and Food
Meal at Scalpay was the highlight. At most other places was good.
Your Guide
Malcolm was excellent and never let up with his searching for wildlife
The Bottom Line
It was an excellent experience

by Andrea Stewart 22/05/2017

5Pre-Trip Service

5Trip Comments

4Accommodation and Food

5Your Guide

5The Bottom Line

Pre-Trip Service
Friendly and helpful
Trip Comments
Well designed itinerary, seamlessly executed
Accommodation and Food
Hotel on Harris, being in town ( small, but still some action) was a little loud. Hotel in N Uist was wonderful
Your Guide
Malcolm, the Wildlife Whisperer, was an incredible source of information. He was constantly spotting and identifying birds for the group. Malcolm was always quick to set up the spotting scope, so all had a good view.

He's is a real gem when it comes to looking after the group. He worked hard to ensure we all saw what we came to see and learned what we wanted about the local culture and history.

Malcolm was fun to be with and really contributed to the group dynamics. What a treat it was to have the guide in house with us, rather than off site.
The Bottom Line
This is trip #4 for me with Wilderness Scotland. The organization is great and all guides have been outstanding. I can't imagine there are many organizations with clients as happy and satisfied as I am. Looking forward to trip #5!

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26th May - 1st Jun 2018
£1,595
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14th Jul - 20th Jul 2018
£1,595
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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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£1,595
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£1,595
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Very good. Hope to do another trip with Wilderness Scotland next year, although I know they get booked up far ahead. Our daughter is doing one ih 2018 to Knoydart.

Sue Carlyle
27/07/2017

5

This was my second trip with Wilderness Scotland, and I would definitely recommend them -- trips are well organized and high quality.

Kimberly Miller
25/07/2017

5

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