Loch Driudibeg and Coast

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A varied circuit on the flat coastal plain, including a stretch on the beach, across the machair and alongside an inland loch, a haven for birdlife.

The following is a quote from the Scottish Natural Heritage leaflet on the reservce: 'Scottish Natural Heritage has owned the part of the reserve that extends east of the main road since 1958, while the machair section was added in 1962 under an agreement with South Uist Estates. The patchwork of cultivated, fallow and uncultivated wet and dry areas on the machair becomes a riot of colour during the summer months, when plants like corn marigold, wild pansy, thyme and a host of orchids come into bloom. The coastal areas and croftland are also important breeding areas for wading birds such as dunlin, redshank, lapwing and ringed plover, with corncrakes – rarely seen but often heard – skulking in the hayfields'.

Please note that the last section of this walk is quite difficult to follow and very uneven, through rough peat and heather. A mapping GPS is helpful as the route follows quite closely the path shown on the OS map. In 2013 someone had put out short wooden posts to mark the path, but signs at the gates at either end said that the path was no longer waymarked, so they may not last or be very visible in future years.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Outer Hebrides - The Uists and Barra

Features

Birds, Flowers, Good for Kids, Lake/Loch, Mostly Flat, Nature Trail, Public Transport, Sea