Island hopping in the Outer Hebrides

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  • Two cyclists sitting outside their tent while camping on Horgabost beach on the Isle of Harris
    Horgabost beach on the Isle of Harris
  • 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
  • Stornoway Harbour
    Stornoway Harbour
  • The Golden Road on the Isle of Harris, Western Isles
    The Golden Road on the Isle of Harris, Western Isles

You could spend days just discovering Lewis but you should dedicate time to exploring as much of the Outer Hebrides as possible. The good news is that getting around these islands is relatively easy.

With its wild coastline and stunning landscapes, the Outer Hebrides is a true haven for wildlife. Situated on the outer north-western edge of the British Isles, you will be amazed at the number of species and diverse habitats to be discovered here. With over 55 Sites of Scientific Interest, three National Nature Reserves and one Local Nature Reserve, this is a truly unique, inspiring and beautiful place to visit.

For wildlife enthusiasts, the contrasting terrain of low lying Lewis and mountainous Harris offer one of the greatest birdwatching sites in Britain, boasting a number of breeding birds of prey, including the magnificent golden eagle and the UK’s largest, the white-tailed sea eagle. You may even catch a glimpse of the iconic puffin or the elusive corncrake.

No visit to the Outer Hebrides would be complete without travelling to the remote volcanic archipelago of St Kilda. This National Nature Reserve is a UNESCO dual World Heritage Site and, along with the secluded islands of the Rona and Sula Sgeir National Nature Reserve, is home to one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe. The islands boast stacks of stunning jagged cliffs and crags. Hirta, the largest of the islands has some of the largest sea cliffs in Britain.

Experience a trip around the Uists, Eriskay and Barra, where basking sharks, whales, dolphins, seals and those ever-playful otters are regularly sighted. Each island has its own distinct character, shaped by the people and the nature found there.The fertile machair lands and endless uninhabited dunes of the Monach Islands National Nature Reserve, North Uist, are home to some of the most stunning flower rich meadows of its kind, with many rare species of flowers like the Hebridean Marsh Orchid, Irish Lady’s Tresses or the Slender Naiad. Discover dozens of wading birds, including the redshank, lapwing and ringed plover. 

Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operates a comprehensive inter-island ferry service, with single and return fares available. Discover money-saving Island Hopscotch ® and Island Rover tickets which lets you create your own adventure and explore the islands at your leisure.

Come and experience for yourself this unspoilt wilderness - a place of great wildlife, tranquility and beauty.

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