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The Outer Hebrides is a true adventure playground and a real haven for watersports enthusiasts. Whether it's walking and cycling or kayaking, surfing or golfing, there's plenty of activities to keep you occupied on these stunning islands. You could also charter a boat and embark on a seafaring adventure or take a guided walk in the hills of Harris. So whatever your preference, the Outer Hebrides offers lots of opportunities to get out there, get active and enjoy.

Described as one of Britain’s last remaining wildernesses, the Outer Hebrides is the ideal setting for an active adventure. Surrounded by crashing waves the region is a surfers’ paradise, with some of the least crowded beaches in Europe. In the more tranquil waters of the sea lochs, sea kayaking is the perfect way to explore the many nooks and crannies of the Hebridean coast; delve into caves or investigate some of the many impressive sea stacks.

Cast a line in some of the best waters for salmon and trout fishing in the country. If you’re looking for a bigger challenge, take a chartered boat trip for the chance to catch common skate.

Back on dry land cycling is a fantastic way to get around the many islands and to explore the many fascinating sites, stunning scenery and wildlife found within the region. Peddle along some interesting routes and up some daunting hills to be rewarded with jaw-dropping views over the region.

Pack a backpack, put on your hiking boots and take a walk on some stunning walking routes throughout the Outer Hebridean islands. Whether you are looking for a short stroll or a day’s hike, there are many routes to follow each with their own rewarding scenery to admire.

You can even play Scotland’s national game on some of the most unusual, yet beautiful golf courses in the country.

Whatever you choose to do, make your active trip to the Outer Hebrides an unforgettable one.

  • A surfer stands amongst the Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
    A surfer stands amongst the Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis
  • A family cycling at Hosta beach, North Uist
    Hosta beach, North Uist
  • Looking out over the Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
    The Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
  • An angler and ghillie walk back along the road to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle after an afternoon's fishing, North Harris
    An angler and ghillie walk back along the road to Amhuinnsuidhe Castle after an afternoon's fishing, North Harris
A surfer stands amongst the Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

Watersports

Enjoy a water-based adventure with the range of watersports available in the stunning islands of the Outer Hebrides.

Anglers fishing for wild brown trout on Lower Loch Bornish one of the Machair Lochs, South Uist, Outer Hebrides

Fishing

The Outer Hebrides offers some of the most exciting fishing anywhere in Europe.

Golfers walk past the Honesty Box at the Isle of Harris Golf Club

Golf

Take a golfing trip to the Outer Hebrides and play some of the most unique courses in the country.

A rugged coastline on the Isle of Lewis

Climbing

Go climbing in the Outer Hebrides and get to grips with the region’s dramatic coastal landscapes. Conquer huge rock features and sea cliffs on an Outer Hebridean adventure.

Two cyclists sitting outside their tent while camping on Horgabost beach on the Isle of Harris

Cycling

Find information about cycling in the Outer Hebrides, including details of cycle routes and things to see along the way.

A couple visit the Calanais Stones on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Walking

Explore the Outer Hebrides on foot and discover the dramatic landscapes of Scotland’s ancient and most westerly isles.