History in the Outer Hebrides

  1. Explore Uist through time with a brand new Augmented Reality archaeology app which lets you see the original sites as they would have been 6000 years ago, in the modern day landscape.
  2. Sea bindweed - bonnie pronce charlies flower, eriskay
    Official tourist guide to the Bonnie Prince Charlie trail in the Outer Hebrides

Island Highlights

Facilities at Calanais Visitor Centre in 2024

The Calanais Visitor Centre is the Visitor Centre for the Callanish Standing Stones. The Centre has a small gift shop, cafe and interpretation centre for the 'Story of the Stones'.

Clan Mackenzie Monument at Seaforth Head

Kinloch Historical Society is located on the main road between Stornoway and Tarbert, A859. It includes a museum and archive covering various aspects of community life, and information about the…

Aerial photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building, looking towards Lochmaddy Pier and Lee.

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is a place where people can meet, share ideas, learn new skills and experience cultural interpretation that is imaginative and stimulating.

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  1. Gearannan Blackhouse village, lewis
    Gearrannan (Garenin) is a restored blackhouse village on the west side of the Isle of Lewis
    1. 1st January 202431st December 2024
  2. St Clements Church is situated in the village of Rodel, South Harris. Construction started around 1520 by Alexander MacLeod of Dunvegan and Harris.
    1. Our Lady of the Isles is a statue of the Madonna and Child by sculptor Hew Lorimer. Erected in 1957 on the west slope of Reuval overlooking the sea, it is a fantastic viewpoint.
    2. A monument in memory of those lost in the Annie Jane maritime disaster in 1853.
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    1. Virtual Bornais from a distance
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      Uist Unearthed signpost
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      Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

      Isle of South Uist

      Download the Uist Unearthed app and reveal an impressive Viking longhouse, which dominated the Bornais machair 1100 years ago.

      Add Uist Unearthed - Location C - Bornais to your Itinerary

    2. Cladh Hallan overhead
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      Virtual Cladh Hallan from phone app
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      Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

      Isle of South Uist

      Download the Uist Unearthed app and step back 3500 years ago to explore conjoined Bronze Age roundhouses nestled in the Daliburgh machair.

      Add Uist Unearthed - Location A - Cladh Hallan Roundhouses to your Itinerary

    3. Aerial photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building, looking towards Lochmaddy Pier and Lee.
      Photo of a museum exhibition with a mannequin's head in a feathered headdress, and photos in the background.
      Close up photo of someone working in the print workshop with books and art work materials.
      Photo of the Taigh Chearsbhagh cafe tables taken from above.
      Photo of Taigh Chearsabhagh taken on a dark moonlit evening, showing the tide line lighting installation round the building.
      Photo of an art exhibition in the Gallery, with a large drawing and artwork on a wall and table.
      Photo of a museum exhibition with a dressed mannequin and photos and artefacts in the background.
      Photo of bagpipes placed on a chair, with the Taigh Chearsabhagh logo in blue lighting behind.
      Image of a page of Gaelic text in a book, in green colouring, with the Duilleag Reading Group title above.
      Photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building taken from a boat on the sea below.
      Aerial photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building, looking towards Lochmaddy Pier and Lee.
      Photo of a museum exhibition with a mannequin's head in a feathered headdress, and photos in the background.
      Close up photo of someone working in the print workshop with books and art work materials.
      Photo of the Taigh Chearsbhagh cafe tables taken from above.
      Photo of Taigh Chearsabhagh taken on a dark moonlit evening, showing the tide line lighting installation round the building.
      Photo of an art exhibition in the Gallery, with a large drawing and artwork on a wall and table.
      Photo of a museum exhibition with a dressed mannequin and photos and artefacts in the background.
      Photo of bagpipes placed on a chair, with the Taigh Chearsabhagh logo in blue lighting behind.
      Image of a page of Gaelic text in a book, in green colouring, with the Duilleag Reading Group title above.
      Photo of the Taigh Chearsabhagh building taken from a boat on the sea below.

      Address

      Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AA

      Telephone

      01870 603970

      Isle of North Uist

      Awards

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

      Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is a place where people can meet, share ideas, learn new skills and experience cultural interpretation that is imaginative and stimulating.

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    4. Dun Torcuill view through phone app
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      Dun Torcuill from a distance
      Dun Torcuill view through phone app
      Uist Unearthed signpost
      Dun Torcuill from a distance

      Address

      Daliburgh, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

      Isle of North Uist

      Download the Uist Unearthed app and discover more about this mastery of Iron Age drystone engineering. How were brochs roofed? Play the Build a Broch game to learn more about this archaeological debate.

      Add Uist Unearthed - Location D - Dùn Torcuill to your Itinerary

    5. Address

      Callanish, Callanish, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9DY

      Isle of Lewis

      Awards

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

      The Calanais Visitor Centre is the Visitor Centre for the Callanish Standing Stones. The Centre has a small gift shop, cafe and interpretation centre for the 'Story of the Stones'.

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      • Children Welcome

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      • Dairy Free
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      • On Public Transport Route

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    6. Virtual Dun an Sticir from a distance
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      A fire lit inside the Dun
      Dun an Sticir from loch edge
      Uist Unearthed signpost in front of ruins
      The Dun from a distance
      Uist Unearthed signpost with the Dun in the background
      Virtual Dun an Sticir from a distance
      Uist Unearthed signpost in front of loch
      A fire lit inside the Dun
      Dun an Sticir from loch edge
      Uist Unearthed signpost in front of ruins
      The Dun from a distance
      Uist Unearthed signpost with the Dun in the background

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      Daliburgh, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

      Isle of North Uist

      Download the Uist Unearthed app and discover two sites in one at Dùn an Sticir! Watch the animation about the downfall of one of Dùn an Sticir’s most dastardly residents, created by the pupils of Sgoil Uibhist a Tuath!

      Add Uist Unearthed -Location E - Dùn an Sticir to your Itinerary

    7. Cill Donnain pannoramic photo in machair land
      Interior of Cill Donnain with a fire lit
      Cill Donnain viewed through phone app
      Virtual Cill Donnain up close
      Uist Unearthed signpost
      Cill Donnain pannoramic photo in machair land
      Interior of Cill Donnain with a fire lit
      Cill Donnain viewed through phone app
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      Uist Unearthed signpost

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      Daliburgh, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SS

      Isle of South Uist

      Download the Uist Unearthed app and step back 2000 years ago, to explore Cill Donnain Iron Age wheelhouse. Duck inside Cill Donnain’s impressively corbelled drystone cells: what will you discover inside?

      Add Uist Unearthed - Location B - Cill Donnain to your Itinerary

    8. Clan Mackenzie Monument at Seaforth Head
      Loch Erisort in Winter
      Clan Mackenzie Monument at Seaforth Head
      Loch Erisort in Winter

      Address

      Community Hub, Balallan, Kinloch, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9PN

      Telephone

      01851 830778

      Kinloch, Isle of Lewis

      Awards

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

      Kinloch Historical Society is located on the main road between Stornoway and Tarbert, A859. It includes a museum and archive covering various aspects of community life, and information about the area’s links to Clan Mackenzie.

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      • Gaelic Speaking

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      • Baby Changing Facilities Available

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      Address

      Town Hall, 2 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS1 2DB

      Telephone

      01851 702269

      Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

      Awards

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

      Sgeulachd a’ Chlò Mhòir is an introduction to the unique world of HARRIS TWEED, the people, the provenance and the sense of place that makes it so special. There are weaving demos twice weekly and private tours bookable for up to 12 people.

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      Add The Harris Tweed® Story Room to your Itinerary

    10. Address

      Griminish, Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5QA

      Isle Of Benbecula

      Benbecula War Memorial

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    11. Address

      Bornish, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SA

      Isle Of South Uist

      South Uist War Memorial

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    12. Pairc Raiders monument

      Address

      Balallan, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9PN

      Isle of Lewis

      Built in 1994, the Pairc Land Raiders monument is dedicated to the memory of the people of Lochs who challenged their landlords.

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    13. Address

      Howmore, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5SH

      Isle Of South Uist

      Tobha Mòr has been an important ecclesiastical centre since early medieval times.

      Add Howmore (Tobha Mhor) Ancient Chapels to your Itinerary

    14. Cladh Maolrithe, Berneray

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      Berneray, Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5BJ

      Isle Of North Uist

      At Beinn a'Chlaidh - Hill of the Graveyard - there is a standing stone.

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    15. Address

      Torlum, Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5PP

      Isle Of Benbecula

      Borve Castle stood three storeys high. Now in ruins you can still see the five foot deep walls.

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    16. Address

      Borve, Isle Of Barra, Outer Hebrides, HS9 5XR

      Isle Of Barra

      This site was investigated by Channel 4's Time Team in May 2007. Amongst other remains, a well-preserved Iron Age wheelhouse was uncovered, and nearby, a group of earlier roundhouses of Bronze Age date.

      Add Allathasdal to your Itinerary

    17. Bunavoneader Whaling Station

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      Bunavoneader, Isle Of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AL

      Isle Of Harris

      Situated at the foot of the southern slopes of the North Harris mountains, the remains of a 20th century industrial site nestle between the road and the shore of Loch Bun Abhainn Eadarra.

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    18. Address

      Callanish, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9DY

      Isle Of Lewis

      An outer ring now with 8 standing stones and 5 fallen ones, with an inner group of 4 distinctive stones.

      Add Calanais III (Cnoc Fhillibhir Bheag) to your Itinerary

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