Shell sand beach at Traigh Scarista, Isle of Harris. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.  For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Explore for a day Outer Hebrides leaflet

Outer Hebrides

An island chain off the west coast of Scotland, the Outer Hebrides is almost unrivalled for its untamed natural beauty. Explore the exquisite cultural and natural heritage of these islands by following one of the itineraries in this leaflet.

Fly to Barra from Glasgow over its turquoise seas and land right on the beach. Discover a traditional crofting township and visit the final resting place of Compton MacKenzie, author of the famous Whisky Galore.

For incredible archaeological landmarks, there’s no better place than Lewis. Here, find the 4,500-year-old Calanais Stones, an awe-inspiring site of towering standing stones. And just along the coast is a remarkably well-preserved Iron Age broch, Dun Carloway, from which there are fantastic views over Loch Roag.

Home to both golden and sea eagles, Harris boasts wildly contrasting landscapes. See one of the first lighthouses to be built in Scotland and, for the best view across the island, head to the MacLeod Stone, a Neolithic standing stone over 3 metres high.

From Harris, catch a ferry across to the St Kilda archipelago, perched on the edge of the world. Finally abandoned in the 1930s, these islands tell the fascinating story of human survival over 2,000 years.

Pages: 10
Published: 2014

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