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An aerial view of the Callanish Stones

Stone Cold Classic at Callanish

The Outer Hebrides’ answer to Stonehenge is a monumental masterpiece. This captivating, cross-shaped collection of neolithic megaliths has intrigued visitors for thousands of years - tourists, archeologists and astronomers alike. But why are they here? And why should you visit?  Well - read on and rock on.

Golden eagle in the Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides: Where Goden Eagles Dare

Golden eagles are giants of Scottish skies, in every sense of the word. Moody and majestic - gliding over cliffs and moor and back again like they own the place. The Outer Hebrides are one of the best places to see these magnificent creatures. 

Puffins on Mingulay

Much Ado About Puffins

Puffins are lots of people's favourite bird.  Their iconic colouring giving rise to nicknames like ‘Clowns of the Sea’. Their connection to the Outer Hebrides is as rich as it is remote, but the challenges facing these clowns are no laughing matter.

Wild swimmer jumping off boat

Safe Swimming in the Outer Hebrides

Is it safe to swim here?  If you have asked this question you are on the right track to be a safe outdoor swimmer but it’s not a closed question with a simple answer so beware of yes and no answers. Why? Because safety is relative, especially outdoors.

Eriskay beach

Bonnie Prince Charlie Enjoys Island Getaway

Literally. Bonnie Prince Charlie and the The Outer Hebrides aren’t immediately synonymous. Culloden, his cosseted lifestyle, and his disputed claim to the British Throne usually feature first. But the islands were pivotal in the fortunes of our romantic rebel. So let’s retrace his Hebridean steps, in Jacobite sized chunks.

Harris Tweed Weaver at the loom.

The Need for Harris Tweed

The story of an island fabric, world-famous in fashion. Harris Tweed is the Outer Hebrides' most famous export.  So let’s look at what goes into making this marvellous material, and why it’s so loved by so many.

Bog cotton around the Tiumpan Head lighthouse in Point, Isle of Lewis

The Roads Less Travelled

Mark Rowe is the author of the guide book Outer Hebrides, published by Bradt.  He writes about the less well known areas in eastern Lewis which are well worth exploring and offer elemental scenery, walking and wildlife spotting. 

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