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The devil creates work for idle hands. (Someone with nothing to do will put the cats on the fire)

An duine aig nach eil càil ri dhèanamh, cuiridh na cait air an teine


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Island Highlights

Ard Feinis

Ard Feinis is a rocky promontory just south of Mangurstadh in the south west of Lewis.

Bearsdaire

Berneray and the nearby island of Pabbay lie in the Sound of Harris between North Uist and Harris

Lemreway

Lemreway is a small crofting and fishing village on the shores of Loach Sealg in the South Lochs area of Lewis.

Coileag a' Prionnnsa

Bonnie Prince Charlie first stepped foot on Scottish soil on this beach on 23rd July 1745, from the french ship "Du Teillay"

Traigh Bhostadh (Bosta Beach)

Traigh Bhostadh is a sheltered shell sand beach at the north end of Great Bernera. The Iron Age House and Time and Tide Bell are both sited here, along with ample parking and toilets.

Beinn Ghainche

Ben Ghainche is a small hill situated at the north end of the beach at Bearsdaire

Beinn Scrien

Highest point on the Isle of Eriskay at 185 metres

Traigh Seilebost

Traigh Seilebost is a beautiful sandy beach on the south side of Traigh Luskentyre.

Traigh Shanndaigh (Eoropie Beach)

Traigh Shanndaigh (Eoropie beach) is a beautiful sandy beach in the north of Lewis, near the Butt of Lewis

Bagh Mor

The Island of Grimsay is made up of tidal sands, sea lochs, small islands and islets, and is situated between Benbecula and North Uist.

Seilebost

Seilebost is a small crofting village on the coast road along the west side of Harris.

Traigh Mhor

This beautiful beach is the spectacular site of Barra’s amazing airport – but only at low tide!

Traigh Scarista

Facing out into the Atlantic Traigh Scarasta has dramatic views over the Sound of Taransay from its white sand beach.

Coll Beach

Beautiful beach approximately five miles from Stornoway. Suitable for walking, wind-surfing, kite flying. There is also a caravan park with toilets

Tiumpan Head

Tiumpan Head is located at the far eastern end of the Eye peninsula on Lewis

Conachair

Conachair at 376 metres is the highest point of St Kilda

Traigh Mhangurstadh (Mangersta Beach)

Traigh Mhangurstadh (Mangersta) is a beautiful beach in the parish of Uig in south west Lewis.

Bagh Steinigidh

Bag Steinigidh lies between Scarasta and Borve on the west coast of Harris.

Traigh na Croise

Sandy Beach looking out over the Sound of Barra.

Bridge to Nowhere

The Bridge was built - and there was meant to be a road that would ling Tolsta to Skigersta at Ness. The mixing of many tons of concrete went into making the bridge and this was all done by hand!

Loch Crabhadal

Loch Crabhadal (Cravadal) is a wild, remote and spectacular area of North Harris.

Malacleit

Malacleit is a peaceful crofting village situated on the edge of Traigh Bhalaigh (Vallay) on the north coast of North Uist.

Sunrise at Loch Seaforth

Loch Seaforth Viewpoint looks out along the sea loch that is Loch Seaforth. The viewing is stunning, and worth a stop off. There is a carpark with picnic tables and it is one of the best viewpoints…

Miabhag

Miabhag (Miavag) is a small setttlemen in North Harris of just a few houses situated on the narrow single track road from Tarbet to Hushinish.

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  1. Tiumpan Head is located at the far eastern end of the Eye peninsula on Lewis
  2. Northton temple harris
    This area, from the township of Taobh Tuath to the headland of Rubh' an Teampaill, has numerous sites of archaeological significance.
  3. Statue of the famous grizzly bear Hercules, who escaped and went on the run during filming Benbecula in 1980. Find out more about the story at Langass Woodland.
  4. Beach laning in Barra
    The only place in the world where scheduled flights land on the beach!
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    Kershader, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9QA

    Isle Of Lewis

    This visitor centre, hostel and cafe have good views over the shore of loch Erisort, a sea loch regularly visited by white-tailed eagles. This is also an excellent place from which to explore the remote Pairc peninsula.

    Add Bird of Prey Trail - Ravenspoint to your Itinerary

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    Boisdale, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    More abundant to the west of the main road. You can access the area easily as it is unfenced although plants can be seen from the main road in fenced fields further north too.

    When to See
    Flowers in June.

    Add Lesser Butterfly Orchids-Boisdale to your Itinerary

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    Address

    25 Valasay, Bernera, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9NB

    Telephone

    01851 612288

    Isle of Lewis

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

    For a once in a lifetime experience, join us for a personalised tour of Lewis and Harris and learn about the history, archaeology and wildlife of these beautiful islands.

    Add Out and About Tours to your Itinerary

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    Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XR

    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Built in 1847-51 in the Neo-Gothic style popular in the Victorian era by Sir James Matheson and substantially altered by Lord Leverhulme. After being used as a school, it re-opened in 2016.

    Add 1. Lews Castle and Museum to your Itinerary

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    Ardvule, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    There are regular sightings of Bottlenose Dolphins to the south and west of the headland.

    Add Bottlenosed Dolphin - Rubha Ardvule to your Itinerary

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    Ardinashaig, Scalpay, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS4 3XZ

    Scalpay, Isle of Harris

    Scalpay Bridge opened in 1997 and was designed by Halcrow Crouch. It replaced a bow loaded ferry as Scalpay’s link to Harris.

    Add 14. Scalpay Bridge to your Itinerary

  7. Barra: View from Beinn Bhaslain to Ardmhor
    Ferry approaching Eriskay
    Eriskay: Coilleag a'Phrionsa beach
    South Uist: causeway linking Eriskay
    South Uist: Machair flowers at South Boisdale
    South Uist: beach at Garrynamonie
    South Uist: wayfinder
    Barra: View from Beinn Bhaslain to Ardmhor
    Ferry approaching Eriskay
    Eriskay: Coilleag a'Phrionsa beach
    South Uist: causeway linking Eriskay
    South Uist: Machair flowers at South Boisdale
    South Uist: beach at Garrynamonie
    South Uist: wayfinder

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    Start: Northbay, Barra, Finish: Daliburgh, South Uist

    Islands: 3 (Barra, Eriskay and South Uist)
    Causeways: 1
    Ferries: 1
    Distance: 14 miles
    Route Time: 6 hours
    Grade: Easy to Moderate

    Add Hebridean Way Walking Route Section B: Northbay to Daliburgh to your Itinerary

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    Howmore, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    An excellent small area to see a good variety of machair flowers.

    Add Machair Flowers - Howmore to your Itinerary

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    Ardroil, Uig, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9EU

    Uig, Isle Of Lewis


    Photograph © David Wilson


    The glorious bay at Uig, south west Lewis, has many of Fin’s locations around it. Whistler lives at Ardroil as does Minto and the ancient little graveyard at Baile na Cille must be one of the most scenic in Britain.

    The Chessmen sees Fin in contact with his old friend Whistler. Whistler played in a band, whilst…

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Whistler's House Ardroil to your Itinerary

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    Copyright- Laurie Campbell and North Harris Trust

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    Loch Eynort, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Can be seen over any of the hills here.

    Add Golden Eagle - Loch Eynort to your Itinerary

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    Cuithir, Isle of Barra, HS9 5XY

    Isle of Barra

    Built in 2000 for Barra & Vatersay Housing Association (now part of HHP) by Ben Tindall Architects following extensive community consultation. ]

    Add 27. Cuithir Houses to your Itinerary

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    East Tarbert, Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3DB

    Telephone

    01859 502007

    Isle of Harris

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

    Sea Harris offer scheduled excursions to St.Kilda and the Shiant Islands as well as providing charters to many small Islands accessible from the Isle of Harris. The dual World Heritage site of St Kilda is our main destination with daily trips running

    Add Sea Harris to your Itinerary

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    Skigersta, Ness, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0TH

    Ness, Isle Of Lewis

    Overlooking the bay at Skigersta Harbour is Fin's Aunt's house.

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Fin's Aunt's House Skigersta to your Itinerary

  14. Address

    Castlebay, Isle of Barra, Outer Hebrides, HS9 5XD

    Telephone

    01871 810267

    Isle of Barra

    Our Lady, Star of the Sea, designed by G. Woulfe Brenan and completed in 1888, is perched atop a crag in Castlebay. The church dominates the bay and is a beacon for returning boats.

    Add 28. Our Lady, Star of the Sea to your Itinerary

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    Barvas Moor, Barvas, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0QY

    Barvas, Isle Of Lewis

    In The Blackhouse, this sheiling on the Barvas moor, marks place where Fin's parents' car left the road as they drove home from a dance in Stornoway. The car crash was fatal and as a result the young Fin went to stay with his aunt.

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Barvas Moor Shieling to your Itinerary

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    North Tolsta, Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0NL

    Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis


    Photograph © David Wilson

    This is the location, in the book The Chessmen, of a scooter race between band members and teenage friends of Fin's; Strings and Roddy. The idea was to have a race along the track at the Bridge to Nowhere and whoever won, would be able to name their celtic rock band.

    "It was one of those rare, delicious, early…

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Bridge to Nowhere to your Itinerary

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    Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3DJ

    Isle of Harris

    Designed by John R. Coleman Architects, it occupies a strategic position in Tarbert, visible to everyone arriving there.

    Add 13. Isle of Harris Distillery to your Itinerary

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    Address

    Locheport, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5EU

    Telephone

    01876 580372

    Isle Of North Uist

    Awards

    • Other Awards Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020Outer Hebrides Tourism Member

    Every piece of hand-crafted Shoreline Stoneware Pottery captures texture from natural materials and found objects. The gallery hosts a wide selection of work by local artist with original works across different media.

    Add Shoreline Stoneware to your Itinerary

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