Visit the Hebrides
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Outer Hebrides Holidays & Scottish Island Holidays

The Outer Hebrides comprise a chain of islands off the north-west Scottish mainland stretching some 210 kilometres. Their capital, the town of Stornoway, is overlooked by the iconic Lews Castle, built by Sir James Matheson with his proceeds from the Chinese opium trade.

Comprising four principal inhabited islands — Lewis, Harris, The Uists (North and South Uist and Benbecula) and Barra — and numerous others, most notably the UNESCO designated World Heritage Site of St.Kilda , a mini archipelago some 90 kilometres west of Harris, which is a must visit on all Outer Hebrides holidays. St.Kilda has the tallest sea cliffs in Britain and arguably the most important seabird breeding station in Europe making it a great place to visit during Scottish island holidays. The ancient Gaelic language is still heard throughout, and the place names reflect its often turbulent Norse past. More recently, evictions and emigration, and the losses of two world wars have decimated the island’s population and further shaped its people and their culture. The traditional industries of generations, fishing, Harris Tweed weaving and crofting continue to this day, with many of these traditional practices being on view to people on Outer Hebrides holidays. Presbyterian belief in the preservation of Sunday as the Sabbath Day, particularly on Lewis and Harris, adds to the unique feeling that Scottish island holidays bestow on the visitor.

Outer Hebrides holidays to the islands are renowned for their magnificent white sandy beaches and machair , (rich, sandy soils with an abundance of floral types) and which offer a beautiful contrast to the rugged hills and peatbogs found inland, all ageless and untouched. The skies and seascapes are endless and ever changing and a haven for photographers and artists. It is also a place steeped in history, the world-famous Callanish Stones, (unlike Stonehenge you can still walk amongst them!), beehive dwellings and iron-age houses, brochs (fortified stone towers), and more recent black-house villages, they are all here to be explored and wondered at during your Scottish Island holiday.

The Outer Hebrides have been described by leading travel writer Simon Calder of the BBC and The Independent , as Scotland’s "Purple Cow". Scottish Island holidays are a great way for you to experience a side of the British Isles you probably never knew existed. If you are interested in our Outer Hebrides holidays, be it self catering accommodation in the Outer Hebrides, Outer Hebrides hotels or even information on Outer Hebrides tourist attractions, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

The Outer Hebrides — the unique jewel in the crown of Scottish destinations, a “must do” for your Scottish Island Holiday…..

 

Lewis is an island of contrasts, with an incredible variety of land and seascapes. From the wild cliffs of the north-west to the stunning machair margins of the west; from lively Stornoway to the peace and stillness... read more >

The five inhabited islands of North Uist, South Uist, Berneray, Benbecula and Eriskay are bounded by Lewis and Harris in the north and Barra and Vatersay in the south. Geographically, they are low-lyin...read more >

Whilst the famous Tweed is Harris’ best-known export, the island offers a stunning range of other attractions for the visitor. Known and treated locally as an entirely separate island...read more >

Barra and Vatersay sit as the two most southerly inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides. They are also the two most westerly points of the Western Isles, reaching 75 miles out into the Atlantic...read more >