The Western Isles

The Western Isles or the Hebrides is one of Britain's most beautiful and remote areas. This 130 mile long chain of islands lies to the north west of Scotland bordering the wide Atlantic Ocean.

Steeped in history, the islands have been inhabited for over 6000 years. The combination of land, sea and water found in the Western Isles has produced landscapes of outstanding beauty, and the islands boast superb sandy beaches washed twice a day by the Atlantic waves.

Few areas can produce such a variety of birdlife and the islands are a marvellous place to see wild flowers, particularly along the west coast.

The people are mainly Gaels and are bilingual Gaelic and English speakers. They are the guardians of a rich culture appreciated by visitors through its music and celebrated each year in various festivals. Despite the remoteness the Western Isles are easily accessible.

What to Do | Attractions

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How to get here

Coming by Sea

Caledonian MacBrayne run a fleet of well-equipped car and passenger ferries to the Wesern Isles. The most popular route to Lewis is by car ferry from Ullapool to Stornoway, or alternatively from Uig (Skye) to Tarbert (Harris).

Coming by air

There are regular air services to the islands from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness or Aberdeen.