Landscape of the Outer Hebrides

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  • A close up of a golden eagle in Scotland
    A golden eagle
  • Rugged coastline, the Isle of Lewis
    The rugged coastline is the ultimate challenge for climbing enthusiasts
  • Traigh Sheileboist at Seilebost, looking towards Luskentyre from Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides
    The Outer Hebrides boasts stunning coastal scenery
  • View south east across Benbecula towards South Uist, from the top of Rueval on Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
    Rueval, the highest point on Benbecula, offers fantastic 360 degree views of the island

With spectacular scenery, imposing mountains, moorland, lochs, machair and miles of golden sandy beaches and turquoise seas, the Outer Hebrides is an area of unspoilt natural beauty. Travel the length and breadth of the region and take in the diversity of this very special environment.

To best appreciate the beauty of the Hebridean islands, go island hopping and surprise yourself at how contrasting the west and east coasts are.

Famed for some idyllic beaches, explore the white sand and shell-dotted west coast with deep blue waters. Home also to machair, the Gaelic word for the low-lying fertile plain typical of the Outer Hebrides which come alive with wild flowers during the summer months, make sure to pause and soak up this superb natural wonder.

For the rugged mountains and atmospheric heather moorland head to the east where hundreds of fresh waters lochs and several very long fjord like sea lochs awaits.

Outdoor activity enthusiasts won’t be disappointed either. With the rolling hills great for walking and the jagged peaks ideal for climbing, there is no better place to experience a true wilderness than at this natural playground. There are also thousands of lochs where you can pass away a day fishing in the Outer Hebrides, while you soak up the breathtaking scenery.

Being marked with such wonderful variation of scenery, the landscape of Outer Hebrides is built for adventure. Why not try abseiling off the sheer cliffs of Lewis, or perhaps kayak along the coastline dominated by the giant sea cliffs?

Wildlife is also abundant and there is always a possibility of a thrilling encounter. Keep a look out for orcas, basking sharks and bottlenose dolphins, or join a tour for some of the best birdwatching in Scotland including golden eagles and corncrakes.

Whether you’re looking for an inspiration in the gentle rolling hills, want to experience a new great adventure, or are simply looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the Outer Hebrides offers the peace and tranquility with a hint of adrenaline that will make your holiday an unforgettable one.