Weave your own story in the Outer Hebrides
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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

Take long strolls along pristine white sands and enjoy sea vistas of beautiful blue waters for as far as the eye can see, or if you're feeling a little more adventurous, explore the ever-changing landscapes on foot or by bike, or take to the water for excellent surfing and kayaking.

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.

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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