The numbers of wading birds here is a reminder of what it was like on the mainland 50 years ago.
Redshanks, Lapwing and Oystercatcher all call and scurry about with chicks in the summer. On the fenceposts you can hear the jangling keys song of the rare Corn Bunting. Along the coast walk to Aird an Runair you can see lots of terns, Gannets and Skuas offshore.
Continuing along the ring road look out for moorland birds such as:
- Short-eared Owl
- Hen Harrier
- The Merlin (the most elusive of all the birds)
The Merlin is our smallest bird of prey, no bigger than a Blackbird. I have some of my best ever views of these species along this road or the moor road that heads south a few miles beyond Griminis (the s is sounded as sh).
At Trumaisgearraidh (trum-is-garry) you can take the road up to the Berneray ferry another good spot for Otter and Porpoise watching. Likewise the Lochportain road offers a great view over the north of Loch Maddy.
At the end of a long day I can recommend the food at the Langais Lodge and a sunset viewed from Baleshare, where you can gaze at the sun sinking into the Atlantic. A truly memorable site.
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