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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.

And this winter, you can experience #winterinthewild with extraordinary scenery, wildlife and stargazing in some of the darkest places in Britain. Don't miss the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival on 5-18 February 2021 with live music, film, visual art, theatre, astronomy talks, and stargazing.

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

Map of the Outer Hebrides

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Barra

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

Benbecula

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

Castlebay

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

Harris

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

Lewis

Islands
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.

Lochboisdale

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

Lochmaddy

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

North Uist

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

South Uist

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

St Kilda

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

Stornoway

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

Islands
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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We are delighted to be able to start welcoming back visitors and have had to make some temporary adjustments to our operations in order to do so safely. Measures have been put in place to allow for physical distancing and limiting visitor capacity.  You may also find that some of our supplementary services are limited for the time being however our team are excited to be back offering information and inspiration to help you make the most of your visit. 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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