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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. Kisimul Castle





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

  2. Eaglais na h-Aoidhe


    Historic Sites



    Eaglais na h-Aoidhe, otherwise known as St Columba's Ui Church, is a beautiful medieval building at the eastern end of the Braighe, on the Isle of Lewis. It is open to the public and you are very welcome to visit at any time.

  3. Gradings


    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!

  4. Gradings

    • 4 Museum
    4 Museum


    Welcome to Comunn Eachdraidh Uig. This compact but excellent museum is open April - September, Monday - Saturday, 12 - 5pm. It is manned by well informed local volunteers who will welcome visitors. Entrance £2, children free.

  5. Gradings


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

  6. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is an award-winning museum and gallery which boasts a photographic collection, art and craft workshops, a sculpture trail, café and shop.


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