Hebrides Travel Information:
Isle of Lewis
The Isle of Lewis is the largest and most populated of the Outer Hebridean Islands with over 6000 residents living in the main port of Stornoway alone! Here you will find all the amenities equivalent to that of a small mainland town, as well as a lively adn vibrant social scene! There are plenty of pubs and restuarants to choose from and a range of organised events and ceilidhs to keep you busy.
The West Coast of these Islands experience the full impact of the North Atlantic swells and it is here you will find the most consistent surf in Europe. The whole landscape lends itself to adventure with great sea cliffs to abseil and bays and islands to explore by kayak or boat.
If you prefer to be land based you won't be disappointed neither as the island is bursting with world famous archeological sites including the Neolithic Callanish Stones which pre-date the Egyptian Pyramids.
Isle of Harris
Harris is often described as the high heart of the Hebrides with incredible diversity in its landscape. The East coast offers dramatic, rocky landscape whereas the West coast is breathtakingly beautiful with miles of golden sandy beaches and stunning mountainous backdrops
From cliffs, mountains and moorlands to crofts, lochs, meadows and sandy beaches, this is an island ready to exceed all expectations. It has received a lot of media attention over the past few years as it was host to the TV series Castaway 2000, the soon to be released feature film 'The Rocket Post' and the forthcoming BBC production of 'Crowdie and Cream'.
North Uist is a shining blend of beaches and lochs uninterrupted by rolling dark moorland hills. Running only 13 miles from north to south, it takes roughly 45 minutes to travel around the whole island.
North Uist is a real must for birdwatchers, wildlife watchers and is perfect for walking, kayaking and cruising.
Bridges and Causeways link North and South Uist to Benbecula, the island of fords. With its airport, college, golf course, grocery and gift shops, hotels and cafes, Benbecula holds the administrative centre of the Southern Isles, and is the most built up area of the Outer Hebrides outside Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.
South Uist has over 20 miles of brilliant white shell beaches running continuously down teh west coast. The incredible machair lands and dunes alongside these beaches are brimming with flowers and wildlife such as corncrakes and otters.
South Uist is a community who preserve their Hebridean traditions. In this laidback, friendly island, community crofting activities such as peat cutting, wool dying and seaweed gathering are still very much part of everyday life.
Barra is the smallest and most remote of the main hebridean islands, but often noted for its beauty. Only five miles across by eight miles long, with one ring road the whole way round, Barra is a compact paradise whatever your interests: cycling on secluded roads, walking, heritage, wildlife, flora and fauna - Barra boasts over 1000 different species of wild flower and some of teh most stunning coastal scenery in Scotland.
With a very close community who really know how to have fun, the ceilidh dances and social gatherings are legendry and everyone is welcome!
These volcanic islands lie 40 miles to the west of teh main archipelagos chain and have the most dramatic and forboding landscape of anywhere in the UK. With the highest sea cliffs in Britain, St. Kilda is the most important sea breeding station in North West Europe. This World Heritage site has the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the oldest and largest colony of fulmars, the biggest colony of puffins in Britain and over 1 million birds in total.
Owned by the National Trust for Scotland, St Kilda was once populated by the hardy and unique Kildians, who due to starvation and poverty were forced to leave the islands in the last century.
- Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum Arts Centre
- Calanais Visitor Centre
- Museum nan Eilean
- Black House Arnol
- Kisimul Castle
- Uig Heritage Centre
- Shawbost School Museum
- Bernera Museum