A family explore the ruins of Dun Carloway Broch, on the Isle of Lewis
Seallam! Visitor Centre at Northton, Isle of Harris
A family enjoying the sunshine on the deserted Traigh Eais beach, on the Isle of Barra
There are lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy across the Outer Hebrides, from fascinating museums to craft producers, arts centres and more. Whether you fancy a few hours with the family exploring ancient standing stones or want to learn about the past at a heritage centre, you’ll find great things to see and do in the region.
A trip to the Outer Hebrides offers a fantastic range of activities and places to visit, from ancient and prehistoric sites to a wonderful variety of wildlife and stunning scenery in which they inhabit.
The many islands have been lived on for over 6,000 years and today you can see remnants of the past in this mysterious region. The Bosta Iron Age House on the western tip of Lewis is an incredible reconstruction of a pre-Norse house dating back to 400 - 800 AD.
About 14 miles east (and 3500 years back in time) is the Calanais Visitor Centre. Here you can see the mysterious standing stones of Calanais dating back to 3000 BC. Inside the visitor centre an interactive Story of the Stones exhibition explores how the standing stones were built and used and what they have meant to people through the centuries.
From the Butt of Lewis in the north to Barra and Vatersay in the south there are also historic and archaeological sites to visit as well as craft centres, galleries and museums which provide artefacts reflecting the culture and landscape of these wonderful islands.
For the adventurous there are boat trips available to islands such as the National Nature Reserve of St Kilda, The Flannans and Mingulay. Here you will have the opportunity to observe spectacular birdlife and marine life.
In the summer months, why not make the most of the long daylight hours and temperate climate and enjoy a peaceful picnic on one of the many idyllic beaches found throughout the Outer Hebrides?
Travelling to the Outer Hebrides is easy. There are an excellent range of ferry routes between the islands and the mainland with regular inter-island services operating (most notably between North Uist and Harris, and Eriskay and Barra).
If you would rather fly, there are daily flights to Stornoway from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and also to Barra and Benbecula from Glasgow.
Use the listings below to plan fun family days out in the Outer Hebrides.
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.
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