Seals, seabirds and shells
These uninhabited islands are a refuge for the second largest grey seal colony in the world and a cacophony of breeding seabirds. A mix of sand dunes and low coastal plains provide a canvas for the bright machair flowers of summer. The bleached sandy shores are pounded by Atlantic storms and the sea spray drenches the vegetation like a branding iron, controlling which plants can survive.
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