Mystery Trip - Wildlife and Wanderings in the Outer Hebrides

Leaving Mallaig we boarded the 'Lord of the Isles' ferry and headed towards Lochboisdale on the island of South Uist. Heading out of the harbour into the evening light on a completely flat calm sea, the boat steamed through the Small Isles and around the southern tip of the Isle of Skye heading west [...]

Passing the cliffs of Canna we were on the look-out for the Golden and White Tailed Eagles which are nesting here-abouts [...] The three hour journey passed quite quickly with so much to see, whether wildlife, the islands or just the changing light [...]

As darkness began to fall, or rather the perpetual twighlight of the north, we [...] fell asleep to the sound of Oyster Catchers, Geese and other birdlife.

Day two would begin with a short drive to the head of Loch Maddy where we put the canoes on the water for an exploration down the loch to Lochmaddy itself. Under the gaze of watching seals we made our way through the tidal islets before turning the corner to see two young stags leaping into the water for a swim of probably 1km across the bay to the opposite shore. 

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  • Wilderness Canoe is planning to return to Uist later in the summer and is offering bespoke trips by prior arrangement - contact directly for details;
  • Photo credits: Matt Thompson, Wilderness Canoe