Outer Hebrides
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Outer Hebrides


Also known as the Western Isle and the Long Island, the Outer Hebrides is a chain of islands that sit off the west coast of mainland Scotland and form part of the Hebrides with the Inner Hebrides. It is separated from the mainland by the waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. There are 15 inhabited islands with the major ones being Lewis and Harris, North Uist, South Uist, Benbecula and Barra, while there are more than 50 uninhabited islands.

Outer Hebrides UK

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The majority of the islands in the Outer Hebrides have important pre-historical structures and are known for the amazing variety of wildlife and birdlife including the golden eagle, otter, basking sharks, whales and dolphins.

The island of Lewis is mainly flat with treeless moors with the main focus on making the most of the sea cliffs and bays where many people enjoy abseiling, kayaking and boating. The main town is Stornoway, which makes the perfect base for your holiday with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops close to the harbour. There are many Neolithic historical sites including the Callanish Stones, as well as the Norse mill house and the Pictish Carloway Broch roundhouse.

Outer Hebrides in UK

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Most of Harris is mountainous with a dramatic east coast of rocky landscapes, while the west coast has breathtaking golden sands with the stunning mountain backdrop. Such versatility means there is something for everyone on Harris whether it’s the coastal walks, watersports or lazy days on the beaches.

North Uist is a relaxing island with stunning white sands and moorland hills, and is popular with birdwatchers with the Balranald nature reserve on the west coast. South Uist is also popular for its beaches with over 20 miles of white sands running down the western coast as well as the Druidibeg Nature Reserve. Barra is an island for all the family with plenty of opportunities for walking, wildlife, flora spotting, cycling and heritage, while the main harbour town of Castlebay is home to the impressive Kisimul Castle.

Date posted: 29th April, 2017

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