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.