Explore this set of medieval chess pieces, known as The Lewis Chessmen, which were found in a sand dune in Uig on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides. Discover these ancient artefacts and more in the Scotland's History in 25 Objects eBook
Oh, the magical Outer Hebrides. Arriving on these incredible islands, you really will feel like you have escaped from it all. Discover a different pace of life as you explore untouched coasts and countryside, fascinating history and unique island cultures. We're pretty sure that once you've been, you'll be pining to return.
It's the captivating views, the endless beaches, ancient history, wonderful wildlife and finest fresh food that truly make a visit to the Outer Hebrides extraordinary. Take long strolls along pristine white sands and enjoy sea vistas of beautiful blue waters for as far as the eye can see.
If you're feeling a little more adventurous, explore the ever-changing landscapes on foot or by kayak or bike. From downhill mountain biking and exploring one of Scotland’s newest long-distance trails – the Hebridean Way, to sea kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, sea life cruises, horse riding and even snorkelling with seals, the islands have it all. Get out Here!
A taste of island life
Immerse yourself in the traditions of the Outer Hebrides. 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. From the sea and the land comes some delectable produce; think fresh langoustines, scallops, lobster, crab, lamb and beef - and don't forget moreish Stornoway black pudding!
Aeons of history
Delve into a past and explore ancient sites of standing stones and Iron Age brochs - close your eyes and try to envision how the earliest of islanders lived. Uncover the tales of feuding clans and visit ruined castles, or visit a thatched roof black house and get an insight into the crofting way of life in the 18th and 19th century.