Outer hebrides (Western Isles)

Balranald (RSPB Reserve)

The reserve provides a cross section of sandy beaches, sand dunes, machir and moorland. The rocky foreshore and shallow lochs add to the wide variety of habitats.

Eda Frandsen

Liveaboard cruises on board a 60 year old cutter around the Western Isles

Finmor Cottage

Finmor is a traditional self catering cottage, situated in the stunning backdrop of the North Harris hills. With panoramic views taking in the Atlantic Ocean, Taransay and Ben Luskentyre, this peaceful setting on the sea front is an ideal getaway from busy mainland life.

Island Cruising

Based from the Isle of Lewis Tel 01851 672381 Four and six day cruises, can include St Kilda. www.island-cruising.com

Loch Druidibeg (National Nature Reserve)

A reserve of great contrasts between the sandy beaches and machair of the western edge of the reserve, and the heather moorland and rough grassland of the eastern stretches. Breeding birds include corncrakes, dunlin, redshank, lapwing, ringed plover and greylag geese.

North Rona and Sula Sgeir (National Nature Reserve)

These isolated islands provide a breeding site for the rare Leach’s and storm petrels as well as fulmars, gannets, razorbills, guillemots and puffins.

Northern Light Charters

Oban Tel 01631 740595 Offering both individuals and groups a rare opportunity to travel the unpolluted waters of North West Scotland, throughout the Inner and Outer Hebrides and to St Kilda. Also around the Orkney and Shetland islands plus itineraries taking in the Faroes, Iceland and Norway. www.northernlight-uk.com

Sea Harris

Boat trips to St Kilda, the Shiant Isles and other Hebridean Islands from Harris.

St. Kilda (World Heritage Site, National Nature Reserve)

Reknowned as much for its location and history as for its stunning wildlife, St Kilda is a “must visit” destination for anyone interested in Scotlands wildlife. The archipelago supports Europe’s most important seabird colony, including the world’s biggest gannet colony and Britain’s largest fulmar colony.

The Monach Isles (National Nature Reserve)

The five low-lying islands that make up the island group are renowned for their machair, breeding grey seals and sea birds, including one of the largest single black guillemot colonies in the UK. Although difficult to access, they are well worth the journey.

White Cottage

Rural, traditional, bright self catering cottage in Rodel, enjoying an elevated position giving direct loch and sea views.