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The Outer Hebrides

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.

Castaway adventures

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.

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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.


Towns & Villages
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.


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


Towns & Villages
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.


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

Tarbert (Harris)

Towns & Villages
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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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.

Tarbert iCentre

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The Seasonal VisitScotland iCentre is located in the busy town centre of Tarbert. Our friendly staff can help you find some of the many attractions such as art galleries and Harris Tweed outlets. We are open from April to October.

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

Travel in the Outer Hebrides

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.

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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.

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