Walk: Flodaigh seals the deal

Benbecula | Flodaigh | Short walk | ★★★

[Scanning the bay for seals at Caolas Fhlodaigh]

Flodaigh is an islet situated just off the northeast coast of Benbecula, connected to its larger neighbour by a short road causeway. The labyrinth of tidal channels, islets and mud flats make the perfect habitat for seals, and this short walk provides a reliable opportunity to see them. Lucky visitors will be able to view the pinnipeds at fairly close quarters on the shore of Lingay; on other days, you might need to squint to glimpse them several hundred metres away on the other side of the strait. Binoculars or a powerful camera zoom might come in handy; visit at low tide for the best chance of success.


📌 Walk: Flodaigh seals the deal ★★★
Start / finish at minor road end on Flodaigh, off Benbecula, G.R.: NF 844551 ///walked.respected.twin. Parking is occasionally restricted (see local signage) - further limited space for parking towards the causeway from Benbecula.

▶ 1 km / <1 mi | ▲ 20 m | ⌚ Short | Easy
Features: Isle of Flodaigh seal colony
Terrain: Faint, grassy paths, can be wet underfoot. Small burn to cross, which may be awkward due to mud and seaweed.

Route & map

Start - eastern viewpoint overlooking Lingay at G.R.: NF 849547 - western viewpoint at G.R.: NF 848546 - start

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Quite a few seals, though fairly distant; oystercatchers, seagulls.
Weather: Overcast, a little rain.

Also on this walk

📌 Flodaigh seal colony ★★★
Seal colony is at Caolas Fhlodaigh, off southeast coast of Flodaigh, G.R.: NF 849544 ///extra.dancer.chapels

💬 Easiest access to seal colony as described by walk route above (15-min walk each way).

Chronological photo guide

[A sign indicates where to leave the track]

[Approaching the coast (and burn crossing)]

[Views across the bay]



[Western viewpoint]



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