Whether you’re into visual arts, photography or crafts, there is something for everyone in each island’s community. From nature-inspired paintings in museums to capturing photography exhibitions at galleries and elaborated crafts for sale, admire the work on display of the local artists and craftspeople and witness how culture of today and tomorrow is created.
There are some superb arts venues in the towns and villages of Outer Hebrides, the most well-known of which is in Stornoway. Visit the award-winning An Lanntair which enjoys a firm reputation that extends far beyond these islands and while exploring this strikingly modern venue marvel at the paintings inspired by the region’s breathtaking nature and geography.
For contemporary arts, head to Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy on North Uist. Beautifully set by the shoreline, this acclaimed community museum and arts centre takes care to reflect the islands’ history, heritage and culture.
To find out how the famous Harris Tweed comes to life, take a behind-the-scene tour of Lewis Loom Centre on Lewis on handwoving the textile with local wool. Watch demonstrations at Harris Tweed and Knitwear and view collections by local weavers at the newly opened exhibition. Why not buy a luxurious tweed scarf or bag as a gift?
If you’re looking for a perfect souvenir to take home, have a unique and rewarding experience at the many arts and crafts shops throughout the islands. Explore the region’s rural art studios and craft outlets for an array of Celtic-inspired jewellery, knitwear, individual pottery pieces and much more, and you may even see the creators at work on their products.
Use the information listings to plan a creative day out at arts and culture attractions in the Outer Hebrides.