The Outer Hebrides
This is Scotland's last frontier and a place of elemental beauty, of moorland, hills and some of the most fabulous beaches on the planet. With their rich island history reaching back to prehistoric times, Lewis and Harris, North & South Uist, Benbecula and Barra provide the most memorable of holiday experiences.
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Rich History to Explore
The Outer Hebrides or the Gaelic 'Na h-Eileanan an Iar' (for many of the locals, Gaelic is their first language) consist of 130 miles of many large and small islands - from Lewis and Harris in the north to Uist and Barra in the south.
Harris is the southern region of Lewis and is the home of Harris Tweed. Lewis is characterised by peat bogs in the north, hills, lochs and sandy beaches on its west coast.
North Uist is characterised by many lochans. The landscape in South Uist is hilly with fantastic white sandy beaches and machair.
These islands can be accessed by ferry or by plane to airports at Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra. Ferries run from Ullapool to Stornoway, Uig (Skye) to Lochmaddy in North Uist and Tarbert on Harris, and from Oban to Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on South Uist.
The culture in the north is deeply influenced by strong Protestant beliefs with everything closing down on Sundays whereas the Roman Catholic south is less strict about observing the Sabbath and the drinking of alcohol. The Western Isles has a fascinating history demonstrated by Neolithic standing stones, Viking place names and evidence of the Clearances.
The islands are home to a wide range of rare flowers and fauna and there are over 50 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) scattered over the islands.