You have to experience the machair to truly revel in its beauty. Carpets of wildflowers stretch for miles. Here it is meadow buttercup putting on a golden show. The perfume is overwhelming. The sounds of corncrakes, lapwings and nesting waders fills the air.
Machair ('mak-ir') is the gaelic word for fertile plain. It is an alkaline sandy strip found between white shell sand beaches and the boggy interior all along the west coast of the Hebridean islands. It is home to many rare wildflowers and is used by many ground nesting birds. The machair is a rich ecosystem, under threat from rising sea levels. It is best experienced in June and July.