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Balranald, North Uist

Directions: Three miles (4.8 km) north of Bayhead. Turn for Hougharry off the A865. The reserve is situated at grid reference NF706707
Accessibility: Not for the faint-hearted. A five-hour ferry trip is the best option, leaving from Oban (See Calmac website for details and prices). It is possible to fly into the Airport on Benbecula. The reserve has easy path and a small visitor centre, with toilets and is open all year round. It does not have a resident warden.
Costs: The reserve is free, but donations are welcome.
Best time to visit: May to October – Corncrakes can be heard calling in late spring and early summer.
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Probably the best chance you will ever have of photographing the elusive Corncrake, one of the UK’s rarest birds is at the RSPB centre at Balranald on North Uist in the outer Hebrides.

Venue verdict: A long way to go, but well worth the effort for fantastic unspoilt scenery and a chance to photograph a really rare British bird.

Rating: 4

Users' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Well worth the ferry trip


    User's Overall Rating rating is 4.5

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    Wow factorrating is 5
    Accessibilityrating is 4
    Photo potentialrating is 5

    The whole Island chain of the Uists is a photographers dream. The light is exceptional and the landscape unspiolt. There are miles of deserted beaches of golden sand, 100's of moorland lochs and large tidal sand flats. There bird life is abundant, I have even seen a pair of golden eagles sitting on a fence posts at the road edge. Also keep your eyes peeled on the ferry trip for dolphins, whales and basking shark.

    (Written by: skyepix)

    31 July 2009 08:43