The Outer Hebrides

View of Taransay and West Loch Tarbert

View of Taransay and
West Loch Tarbert

The Outer Hebrides are an isolated, peaceful and unspoilt chain of islands, with a wide variety of interesting species and habitats and beautiful landscapes in a relatively compact area. The environment is recognised internationally as being of global importance.

The quality of the natural environment in the Outer Hebrides is unique. A large percentage of land, areas of inland water and marine sites are designated for nature conservation purposes. The Islands are also home to a number of Rare Species such as the golden eagle, basking shark, whale, dolphin, otter and corncrake.

The importance of the environment of the Outer Hebrides extends beyond the land to the seas around the Islands. Not only is the coastal landscape of the Islands unique and beautiful in its variety but also the coast and coastal waters are important for a range of species and habitats.

In recognition of the importance of the environment, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have developed
Local Biodiversity Action Plans. These implement actions for conserving and enhancing biodiversity at a local level based on the aims and objectives of the nationwide
UK Biodiversity Action Plan (Opens in a new window or downloads a file).


Scottish Natural Heritage

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds