West Coast & the Isles
It is easy to see why the west coast should attract so many visitors, with its combination of stunning coastal and mountain scenery, sandy beaches, towering cliffs, sea lochs and inlets, craggy peaks and heather slopes.
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Holidays on Scotland's most beautiful coastline
Whether on the mainland or on the offshore islands (Britain's last frontier) there is time to marvel at the scenery and the teeming wildlife and recharge batteries worn down by the demands of 21st century living.
The Western Isles are also known as the Outer Hebrides or the Gaelic 'Na h-Eileanan an Iar' (for many of the locals, Gaelic is their first language) and consist of 130 miles of many large and small islands - from Lewis and Harris in the north to Uist and Barra in the south.
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.