The reserve provides a cross section of sandy beaches, sand dunes, machir and moorland. The rocky foreshore and shallow lochs add to the wide variety of habitats.

Spring and summer brings the breeding birds, including corn crakes, skylarks, redshanks and lapwings, set of beautifully against the stunning machair. Barnacle geese start arriving in the autumn and overwinter here, joined by whooper swans, wigeons and teals.

Facilities include an information centre, 3 mile nature trail and guided walks between May and August.

Further information: RSPB website on Balranald Reserve or call 01463 715000.

Location: 3 miles north of Bayhead, North Uist