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About Balranald

Ringed plover amongst razor shells

Image: Tom Marshall

This beautiful Hebridean reserve has sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand dunes. An information centre explains the importance of traditional crofting agriculture for corncrakes and other wildlife. Many wading and farmland birds nest on the flower-rich machair and croft-land. Perhaps your best chance to hear and to even see corncrakes and corn buntings.

Opening times

Open at all times; visitor centre April to August 9 am to 6 pm. Information centre at Goular Cottage.

Entrance charges

Free, but donations to help us continue our work here are welcome.

Information for dog owners

Dogs must be kept on leads

Contact us

Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 57.60567,-7.51750
  • Grid reference: NF706707
  • Nearest town: Lochmaddy, Western Isles
  • County: Eilean Siar
  • Country: Scotland

Get directions

Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.