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Outer Hebrides

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The Outer Hebrides

In light of COVID-19, everyone's health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to our islands and remote rural communities.

Bringing the virus to these fragile and less accessible places puts unnecessary pressure on essential services and health services for local residents.

Ferry travel will only be available for those who permanently live on the islands and who have an essential need to travel to and from the mainland for essential supplies or business.

Oh, the magical Outer Hebrides! Travel to the west coast of Scotland and visit the isles of Lewis and Harris, Berneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. Breathe in the fresh Hebridean air and experience a different pace of life as you explore untouched coasts and countryside, fascinating history and unique Gaelic island culture.

Discover captivating views, endless beaches, ancient history, wonderful wildlife and fine fresh food. You can hear Gaelic being spoken or sung, listen to traditional folk musicians play in pubs, and see famous Harris Tweed being weaved by skilled local crafters. Or venture out on the wild side cycling along the Hebridean Way or sea kayaking on crystal clear turquoise seas.

If you were inspired by the BBC 'Call the Midwife' Christmas Special, then come and see the islands for yourself. And this winter, you can experience #winterinthewild with extraordinary scenery, wildlife, stargazing in some of the darkest places in Britain, beautiful empty beaches, and some wonderful cultural events at An Lanntair in Stornoway.

Map of the Outer Hebrides

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Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides.


The small island of Benbecula lies between North and South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.


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Castlebay sits on Barra's southern coast and is the island's largest village.


Harris is a dramatic island in the Outer Hebrides that boasts some of the best beaches in Scotland.


Lewis is the largest and most northern island in the Outer Hebrides, home to one of the best prehistoric sites in Scotland, and some fabulous beaches.


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Lochboisdale is a ferry port on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.


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Lochmaddy is a ferry port on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

North Uist

North Uist is a paradise for wildlife and beach lovers and lies between Harris and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

South Uist

South Uist is a relatively large island lying between Barra and Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

St Kilda

St Kilda is an isolated archipelago of volcanic islands that lie 40 miles to the west of the main archipelago chain.


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Stornoway is the main town on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

Tarbert (Harris)

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Tarbert is the ferry port for Harris on the Outer Hebrides.


Vatersay, the southern-most inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides, is one of the most scenic and beautiful in the archipelago.

Stornoway iCentre

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Whilst our iCentre network remains closed in line with governmental guidance – should you require information on the locality for future travel, please note that our telephone line (01851 703088) is open Mon-Fri 9-5 and our team will be happy to assist. The Stornoway VisitScotland iCentre is located next to Perceval Square, a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Staff provide assistance with travel arrangements and a wide range of information on local attractions and activities.

Outer Hebrides Travel Information

Getting here

Travelling to the Outer Hebrides is all part of really experiencing the islands - perhaps you'll choose to fly, landing on the world's only beach airport on the Isle of Barra? Or take a ferry from the mainland. Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) operates ferries from a number of ports on the west coast. In addition, you can also fly to Stornoway, too.

Travel to the Outer Hebrides by ferry

Travel to the Outer Hebrides by plane

Sail to the Outer Hebrides by boat

Getting around

Driving is the most popular way for people exploring the Outer Hebrides, but often people will explore the islands on a cycling holiday. Follow the Hebridean Way Cycling Route and pedal over 10 islands in the archipelago, passing some incredible attractions and scenery along the way.

Local bus services connect major villages, and there are plenty of great organised tours and taxi services that you can take advantage of. Make saving on ferry journeys between islands and take advantage of HopScotch tickets issued by CalMac.

Travel around the Outer Hebrides by bus

Travel around the Outer Hebrides using inter-island ferries

Car hire in the Outer Hebrides

Taxis in the Outer Hebrides

Bike hire in the Outer Hebrides

Campervan/motorhome hire in the Outer Hebrides

Get to know the Outer Hebrides

You can find out more about where to visit in the Outer Hebrides, how to get around and plan the perfect break.

Find out more at Outer Hebrides.

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