Much of the environment and identity of the Outer Hebrides has been shaped by a strong crofting tradition.
Crofting is a hugely important part of life and communities in the Outer Hebrides with crofting practices and traditions being an influential part of island life.
Visitors to the Outer Hebrides will be able to witness first hand modern crofting methods, while also having the opportunity to explore the history and heritage of this traditional agricultural system out here in the Scottish Western Isles through a range of crofting exhibitions and displays at locations across our islands.
Western Isles holidaymakers will not be able to avoid the influence of crofting in Outer Hebride as they travel about, from the visible ‘runrig’ lines that shape the landscape of our islands to the sheep and cattle that cause very rare traffic hold ups, crofting is an intrinsic part of the fabric of our islands.
For those with an interest in island crofting, a visit to the Outer Hebrides is a great way to understand how this small scale farming tradition developed, with archaeological sites offering clues into how the practices of the early settlers influenced the system that we see today.
Agricultural enthusiasts can explore crofting through the ages with visits to agricultural themed attractions such as Gearannan and Arnol, where traditional crofting “blackhouses” illustrate traditional architecture and associated exhibitions offer an insight into crofting life in the Outer Hebrides.
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