Outer Hebrides

Travel Guide
Outer Hebrides

Leave mainland Scotland behind and sail to the Outer Hebrides, a place of rugged island scenery, mysterious standing stones and proud Gaelic traditions. Prepare yourself for one of the UK’s most remote and ancient landscapes, where life drifts along at a gentler pace than elsewhere in the country. Traditional farming methods are still practised on these islands, as well as traditional religious observances – many pubs and shops close their doors on Sundays. Renowned for its great natural beauty, the Outer Hebrides offers pristine beaches, nature reserves and stunning wilderness walks that will astonish travellers. From impressive sea-stacks teetering along the coastline to multi-coloured carpets of orchids and wild flowers (known locally as the machair) the Outer Hebrides will have you reaching for your camera.

Outer Hebrides LandmarksImmerse yourself in the ancient mysteries of the Outer Hebrides with a visit to the Callanish Stone Circle, a 5,000-year-old stone circle on the island of Lewis, or see how Hebridean crofters eked out a living from the land at the fascinating Arnol Blackhouse.

For an exhilarating mountain ascent, take the steep approach to Clisham on Harris, over the rough-hewn ridges of Mulla-Fo-Thuath and Mulla-Fo-Dheas. Experiencing true remoteness is also possible on a boat trip to St. Kilda, the westernmost point in Scotland. This uninhabited archipelago is a nature reserve, and was once the home of a group of hardy islanders. Today it remains a haven for sea birds. Explore St Kilda’s fascinating story and see the abundant wildlife that characterises the area on a fairy-tale visit.

Outer Hebrides Museums and GalleriesThe Outer Hebrides has offered a peaceful and inspiring refuge for many artists, writers and creative thinkers. Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre on the island of North Uist is the perfect place to learn about the artistic and cultural life of the islands. Introduce yourself to the local history of the Hebrides at The Kinloch Museum on the Isle of Lewis, or explore ancestral connections at the Angus Macleod Archive.

Fashions change with times but Harris Tweed has remained popular for centuries – discover the process behind the crafting of this iconic Hebridean material at the Carloway Mill on the Isle of Lewis. Throughout the Hebrides there are many arts and crafts studios where you can see working craftspeople and pick up distinctive souvenirs.

Outer Hebrides Shopping, Restaurants and NightlifeShop for paintings, textiles, pottery, handmade jewellery and accessories in the independent shops of the Outer Hebrides. Find yourself a unique gift to take home from this island paradise. Stornoway, the main town on the islands, has many fine shops that will reward the inquisitive shopper. There are plenty of places to eat in Stornoway too, including cosy cafes and award-winning restaurants. Traditional local delicacies include Stornoway black pudding and seafood lovers won’t want to miss a plate of fresh, hand dived scallops. There are a variety of events and festivals on the Outer Hebrides throughout the year, which attract an international crowd. The Ceòlas music festival in South Uist, and the Hebridean Celtic Festival, celebrate the area’s musical heritage. A trip to an annual Highland Games event in the area is a nice way to see the lighter side of these incredible islands too.

Wherever you choose to stay in the Outer Hebrides, you will certainly find a peaceful Scottish haven. Get away from it all by booking a hotel and flights with Expedia.

Stornoway Bed and Breakfast
Stornoway Bed and Breakfast
4 out of 5
29/32 Kenneth St, Stornoway, Scotland
The price is £94 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated in Stornoway, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of An Lanntair, Museum Nan Eilean and Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal. Lews Castle and Tiumpan ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (82 reviews)
"Great staff, they were friendly, polite, gave great service and informed us well. Very nice rooms and very comfy beds. Great location, and really nice common room and great breakfasts. We loved them."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

Stornoway Bed and Breakfast
Caladh Inn
Caladh Inn
3 out of 5
11 James Street, Isle Lewis, Stornoway, Scotland
The price is £109 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Located in the heart of Stornoway, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Museum Nan Eilean, Stornoway Lewis Ferry Terminal and An Lanntair. Hebridean Way ...
4/5 Very Good! (137 reviews)
"All exactly as expected. Loved the location close to the town centre as well."

Reviewed on 8 Jan 2022

Caladh Inn
Wardicott
Wardicott
3 out of 5
Lighthill, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
Situated by the ocean, this bed & breakfast is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Tràigh Ghriais and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Tràigh Chuil. Tràigh Thunga and Tràigh Mhealaboist ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (16 reviews)
"Our host Rod was excellent, very helpful lots of good advice, a pleasure to chat to. We stayed in a twin room the beds were extremely comfortable, the room was spacious, very clean, lovely bathroom, the towels and bedding were fantastic quality. There is a beautiful lounge to relax in too. The breakfast ..."

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Wardicott
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Shiantview Cottage
Shiantview Cottage
4 out of 5
5 Orinsay, Isle of Lewis, Scotland
This cottage is in Isle of Lewis.
Shiantview Cottage
Glamping Pod for 4, Pod Beag Na Haun, Eriskay
Glamping Pod for 4, Pod Beag Na Haun, Eriskay
3 out of 5
4 Haun, Eriskay, Scotland
Situated near the beach, this cabin is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Eriskay Beach and within 12 miles (20 km) of Barra Beach and Traigh Mhòr. Castlebay Barra Ferry Terminal ...
Glamping Pod for 4, Pod Beag Na Haun, Eriskay
Cosy Hebridean Cottage overlooking the Atlantic on the west coast of North Uist
Cosy Hebridean Cottage overlooking the Atlantic on the west coast of North Uist
Kettle Cottage, Tigharry, Isle of North Uist, SCT
Situated by the sea, this cottage is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Traigh nam Faoghailean and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Balranald RSPB Reserve. Valley and Tràigh Foisigearraidh ...
5/5 Exceptional! (50 reviews)
Xmas getaway
"Cannot say a bad word about this property,stunning location with beautiful views. The cottage itself is the cleanest we,ve ever been in,attention to detail is second to none,just beautiful 👌👌👌 Highly recommend !!!"

Reviewed on 28 Dec 2021

Cosy Hebridean Cottage overlooking the Atlantic on the west coast of North Uist
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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