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.