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  • The annual open art show at the An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
    An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • Looking out over the Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
    The Calanais Standing Stones, Calanais, Isle of Lewis
  • A ring in the workshop of Hebridean Jewellery, Iochdar
    A ring in the workshop of Hebridean Jewellery, Iochdar
  • Holmasaig Studio, Quidinish
    Holmasaig Studio, Quidinish
  • Skoon Art Cafe, Geocrab, Harris
    Skoon Art Cafe, Geocrab, Harris

Explore the creative side of the islands at arts and culture attractions in the Outer Hebrides and visit the many superb arts venues to discover what makes the arts and crafts of these islands so unique.

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.

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  1. Skoon Art Cafe

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    Tarbert - Harris

    Skoon Art Café is small and comfortable, and features original art, traditional Scottish music and a selection of home baking and refreshments.

  2. Gradings

    • 4 Arts Venue
    4 Arts Venue

    Tarbert - Harris

    This photo gallery boasts a large display of framed photographs and mounted prints for sale.

  3. Gradings

    South Harris

    Bill Lawson specialises in genealogy and history material on the Outer Hebrides, and offers guided walks and slideshows.

  4. Gradings

    Harris

    At Caolas Gallery you can browse the work of Stefan Davies, a photographic artist who was brought up on the Isle of Harris.

  5. Gradings

    South Harris

    Holmasaig Studio Gallery shows a changing exhibition of work by Harris born artist Margarita Williams D.A. and invited artists.

  6. Seallam! Visitor Centre

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    Exhibitions

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    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    South Harris

    Learn about the fascinating history of the Hebrides at the Seallam! Visitor Centre, located on the Isle of Harris.

  7. An Lanntair Arts Centre

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    Arts Centres

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    Stornoway

    An Lanntair brings you the best in arts, music, cinema and entertainment in the Outer Hebrides.

  8. Mangurstadh Gallery

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    Galleries

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    Uig - Lewis

    A small studio gallery in the Outer Hebrides displaying pastels, paintings, photographs and handmade paper crafts by artists Elsie Mitchell and Derek Scanlan.

  9. Harbour View Gallery

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    Galleries

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    Lewis

    This gallery displays the work of Anthony J Barber, located just 40 minutes from the north of Stornoway, the island capital of Lewis.

  10. Lewis Loom Centre

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Stornoway

    Learn about the history of Harris Tweed at the Lewis Loom Centre in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.

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