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  • Calanais Standign Stones
    Calanais Standing Stones
  • The ruins of Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis
    The ruins of Dun Carloway Broch, Isle of Lewis
  • Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
    Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
  • Kisimul Castle, Castlebay
    Kisimul Castle, Castlebay

Thanks to the fascinating but turbulent history of the Outer Hebrides, today the region boasts a great range of interesting historic attractions. From standing stones and Iron Age dwellings to monuments and castles, explore the rich and diverse array of sites speaking of the region’s intriguing past.

The Outer Hebrides is awash with fascinating archeological treasures, with more being unearthed all the time. With plentiful supply of archeological sites throughout the Outer Hebrides, there are many gems waiting to be discovered.

Believed to have been erected around 2,900 BC, the Calanais Standing Stones on Lewis are an obvious highlight and a subject of much intrigue and speculation. Visit these magnificent 5,000 years old monoliths and absorb its unique spirit. Forming one of the most complete stone circles in Britain, the site’s ageless mystery, impressive scale and undeniable beauty leaves a lasting impression.

With numerous cairns and brochs scattered around the isles, it’s also Lewis that boasts one of Britain’s best-preserved Iron Age forts. Explore the drystone circular building of Dun Carloway Broch and find out why the brochs were built and who lived in them.

Stroll along the living museum at the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village in Carloway on Lewis and experience the history and heritage of crofting life.

If you’re on Bernera then the Bosta Iron Age House is well worth a visit. This painstaking reconstruction of an Iron Age village was uncovered by chance following a storm in the 1990s.

While on North Uist, take a short circular walk and discover Barpa Langass, an impressively preserved chambered cairn while further along the route lays Pobull Fhinn, the only stone circle on the island.

For stunning views of Castlebay, visit Kisimul Castle on Barra, which sits on a rocky islet in the bay. Once the seat of the Clan MacNeil, the site can be explored on the briefest of boat trips.

To explore social and natural history displays and exhibitions, drop in to the Museum Nan Eilean on Benbecula and learn about the fascinating pasts while admiring great exhibits and artefacts.

Whether you’re interested prehistoric ruins and monuments, historic buildings and castles or galleries and museums, the Outer Hebrides offers a variety of attractions to suit all ages.

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  1. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

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    Lewis

    Gearrannan Blackhouse Village offers cottage accommodation, historical activities, and many fantastic walking, cycling and fishing opportunities.

  2. Calanais Visitor Centre

    Type

    Exhibitions

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    • 3 Visitor Attraction
    3 Visitor Attraction

    Lewis

    This visitor centre beside the world-famous Calanais Standing Stones is home to an exhibition, café and gift shop.

  3. Bosta Iron Age House

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Bernera

    Bosta Iron Age Forts on the Isle of Lewis were discovered after a series of rescue excavations in 1996.

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum

    Lewis

    Welcome to Comunn Eachdraidh Uig

  5. Kisimul Castle

    Type

    Castles

    Gradings

    Castlebay

    Dating from the 15th century, Kisimul is the only significant surviving medieval castle in the Outer Hebrides.

  6. Arnol Blackhouse

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Lewis

    A traditional, fully furnished, Lewis thatched house which provides a unique insight into island life.

  7. Gradings

    Harris

    As a portrait painter my aim is to capture the essence of that person, the laughter and pureness of a child, the royal aura of a Queen. Painting a landscape is painting the atmosphere. When not open, please give us a call 01859-520315, Welcome!

  8. Gradings

    Lewis

    Welcome to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (The Galson Estate Trust)

  9. Doune Broch Centre

    Type

    Monuments & Ruins

    Gradings

    Lewis

    This visitor centre is located on the hillside next to the Doune Broch, one of the best preserved Iron Age brochs in Scotland.

  10. The Blackhouse, Arnol

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    • 5 Historic House
    5 Historic House

    Lewis

    This traditional Lewis thatched house is fully furnished, complete with an attached barn, byre and stackyard.

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