The Magic of Sith na Mara

If you’ve ever fantasised about escaping to a remote island, far from the hustle and hum of the modern world, then look no further than the Hebrides.

Voted one of the most exquisite holiday destinations in the world.


The first wildlife you are almost guaranteed to spot from Sith na Mara are the seals that bask on the rocks at low tide.  Not many places can boast that type of view from their windows.  We say almost guaranteed as you are likely to Wildlife Harrisencounter Eagles, Otters and Red Deer, if the conditions are right.  Although usually sightings occur whilst out walking, or from your vehicle along some of the numerous single track roads.  The tip is to be on the lookout and you may be rewarded with something spectacular.

Did you know there are Dolphins, Porpoises and a variety of Whales (Risso's Dolphin, Pilot Whales and Minke Whale's are the most common) off our coast?  There are plenty of lookout places to view them from.  Late August is a good time for Baskin Sharks. There are lots of seals, both common and grey around the shoreline, and just a five minute walk from the cottage (at the head of Lock Stocanais) will give you the best opportunity to try your skill at wildlife photography.

One way to view the many seabirds and hopefully get a sighting of our marine mammals is to take a boat trip, why not try a day excursion is the perfect way to combine the relaxing but exhilarating experience of a boat trip whilst observing some of the very best nature that has to offer.

Some companies that offer boat trips around the islands:  Sea Harris - Kilda Cruises - Seatrek, or take a trip of a lifetime and visit the island on the edge of the world - St. Kilda.  Hauntingly beautiful and home to some of the most important seabird colonies in Europe.

Red DeerRare Sea Eagles are now mating on Harris, re-introduced to the UK from Norway these magnificent birds are thought to be the sucessful result of the breeding programme. There are also other rare species like Corncrakes, the islands hold almost 50% of the UK breeding population. Puffins are summer visitors, there are also;

Gannets, Fulmers, Guillemots, Icelandic gulls,
Sedge warblers, Blackcaps, Pied flycatchers, Spotted flycatchers,
Snow buntings, Subalpine warblers, Garden warblers, Icterine warblers, Rustic buntings,
Golden Orioles, Hen harriers, Siskins, Whinchats, Stonechats,
Whooper swans

there's more.................   Western Isles Wildlife ι Heb Birding ι Bird Sightings Western Isles

Red Deer are plentiful, and because the islands are isolated, they are now thought to be amongst the most genetically pure red deer in Scotland.

Have a look at the North Harris Trust website to find out more information on wildlife watching in Harris.

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