Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique way of life.
From the northernmost headlands of the Isle of Lewis to the southern tip of Vatersay, the Outer Hebrides islands on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean offer an exciting assortment of entertainments and attractions.
Experience the peace and tranquillity of this isolated environment or accept the warm Western Isles welcome of communities waiting to offer you some traditional Hebridean hospitality.
Explore our rich island history and discover a superb selection of museums and monuments or witness carefully preserved Gaelic culture in a region where crofting, community events and ceilidhs bring people together like nowhere else on earth.
Why not follow in the footsteps of the new BBC documentary series Hebrides: Islands on the Edge, and come and spot birds, beasts and all the rest of the Hebrides wildlife that flourishes in our unique environment, or enjoy the other activities on offer in our amazing outdoors – from cycling to canoeing, kayaking to kitesurfing and walking to windsurfing.
Be inspired by our stunning sea views and endless skyscapes (which are currently featuring prominently on the BBC’s new Hebrides: Islands on the Edge series narrated by Ewan McGregor) or simply soak up the amazing Outer Hebridean atmosphere on one of our myriad of main and outlying islands.
On these pages you can find a complete guide to Hebrides tourism including accommodation, places to visit, activities, information and events and plan your own personally tailored visit – from short breaks to romantic weekends to activity weeks.
We are delighted to announce that the Outer Hebrides has been shortlisted not once, but TWICE in the Countryfile Magazine Awards 2014/15!
As well as receiving a nomination for Eoropie on Lewis as the "Best Beach" the Outer Hebrides as a whole could potentially WIN the title of BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION!. Click here for more information and to VOTE!
On the 23rd July 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart arrived in the Outer Hebrides and first set foot on Scottish soil on the Isle of Eriskay.
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The Outer Hebrides has a rich tradition in arts and crafts, and is a haven for artists
The variety of fishing opportunities in the Hebrides is outstanding. River catchments vary from vast peat moor lands which hold infinite waters.
Outstanding local food is a highlight of any trip to the Outer Hebrides
The peaceful uninhabited islands dotted around the Hebrides hold such birds as the puffin & golden eagle.
The wildlife, awe-inspiring scenery and way of life of the Hebrides leave a lasting impression on all who land on our shores.
There is a wide range of accommodation for all budgets - hostels and camping to 5 star luxury houses
The beaches of the Outer Hebrides regularly feature as amongst the finest in the world
Year-round swells onto reef breaks and beaches provide the most consistent surf in Europe, making the hebrides world-class.