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The Outer Hebrides
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Outer Hebrides

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The Outer Hebrides

OH, the magical Outer Hebrides! Situated off the west coast of Scotland on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique Hebridean way of life.

This island paradise of pristine, powder-white beaches and wild Atlantic waves offers breathtaking scenery and unlimited adventures with an abundance of wildlife along with a vibrant Gaelic island culture.

There are plenty of things to do in the Outer Hebrides. From enigmatic ruins and standing stones dating back thousands of years to thrilling outdoor activities along the Hebridean Way and superb food, the isles of Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay and Barra offer truly unforgettable moments.

Find the Space to Unwind in Scotland’s Wild Atlantic Islands. Warm your soul and stimulate your senses with a visit to the Outer Hebrides. And in winter, you can experience #winterinthewild with extraordinary scenery, wildlife and stargazing in some of the darkest places in Britain.

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So experience life on the edge and start planning your Outer Hebrides holidays!

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

VisitScotland iCentres
Located on Cromwell Street beside the town’s bustling harbour, the Stornoway iCentre is ideally situated with ample public car parking and just a short walk from the Ferry and Bus Terminals. There is so much to see and experience during your time on our islands, and our friendly staff will provide you with all you need to enjoy our famous Hebridean hospitality by providing tailored information and inspiration. We offer a retail range including Gifts, Books and Maps and can also help with your Accommodation, Transport and Travel enquiries. We also offer a Booking Service on behalf of Scottish Citylink Coaches. In addition to our in-person service, we are also happy to answer queries by telephone call and e-mail.

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 to Stonorway or Benbecula with Loganair, or  land 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 Oban, Mallaig, Uig and Ullapool on Scotland's west coast.

Travel to the Outer Hebrides by ferry

Travel to the Outer Hebrides by plane

Sail to the Outer Hebrides by boat

Check out Loganair Fly Safe simple steps to healthy flying and safer travel with Calmac.

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.