See and Do


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

Butt of Lewis (Rubha Rohanais)

Rubha Robhais (Butt of Lewis) is the most northerly tip of the Isle of Lewis.

Traigh Dhail Mhor (Dalmore)

Dail Mhor (Dalmore) is a long sandy beach with sea stacks, on the Atlantic Coast of the Isle of Lewis

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.

Traigh Mhangurstadh (Mangersta Beach)

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

Heaval

Heaval is the highest point on the Isle of Barra at 383 metres

Kisimul Castle

Kisimul Castle sits on a rocky islet just off the coast of Barra at Castlebay

Beinn Scrien

Highest point on the Isle of Eriskay at 185 metres

Traigh na Croise

Sandy Beach looking out over the Sound of Barra.

Rueval

This is the panoramic view from the top of Rueval (Ruabhal), which is the highest point on Benbecula. Look out for the birds of prey as you climb this hill.

Scolpaig

Scolpaig Tower is a Georgian folly located near the village of Scolpaig.

Beinn Ghainche

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

Bagh Steinigidh

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

Luskentyre

The beach at Luskentyre is the largest and most spectacular of all the Harris beaches.

Hushinish

Hushinish is a small settlement of only 4 houses overlooking a white sand beach in the far west of Harris

Lemreway

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

Tiumpan Head

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

Port Nis

Port Nis (Port of Ness) is in the parish of Ness, the most northerly parish in Lewis.

Traigh Dhail Beag (Dalbeg)

Traigh Dail Beag (Dalbeg) is a lovely small bay and beach on the west side of Lewis.

Callanish Standing Stones

The Callanish Stones can be found near the village of Callanish in west Lewis just above Loch Roag.

Ard Feinis

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

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…

Conachair

Conachair at 376 metres is the highest point of St Kilda

Loch Bee

Loch Bee is a very large brackish loch which stretches from the west side of South Uist to the east side

Balranald RSPB Nature Reserve

A beautiful reserve on the north west coast of North Uist with sandy beaches, rocky foreshore,, marshes and sand dunes.

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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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  1. Merlin © Laurie Campbell
    Short-eared Owl © Laurie Campbell
    Merlin © Laurie Campbell
    Short-eared Owl © Laurie Campbell

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    Isle Of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5HA

    Isle Of North Uist

    Beinn Langais is a prominent hill surrounded by vast areas of peatland, freshwater and sea lochs. A short path runs up to an archaeological site with excellent views over the area.

    Add Bird of Prey Trail - Langais to your Itinerary

  2. Address

    Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS1 2DA

    Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Stornoway features in all three books. In particular, there are scene's in MacNeils, the Police Station, the Lews Castle and the Iolaire Monument.

    Add Peter May Trilogy - MacNeil's Bar and The Narrows to your Itinerary

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    Port Of Ness, Ness, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XA

    Ness, Isle Of Lewis


    Photograph © David Wilson

    The boathouse at the harbour in Port of Ness is the scene of the murder in The Blackhouse, that Detective Fin Macleod is sent from Edinburgh to investigate. Fin left "Crobost" as a teenager and returns as a detective to investigate the case. The victim is known to Fin. He is the brother of an old school friend.

    "The…

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Port of Ness Harbour to your Itinerary

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    Pabbay, Uig, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 9HU

    Uig, Isle Of Lewis


    Photograph of Pabbay from Reef Beach © David Wilson

    In The Chessmen, Uig Gala day is taking place at Ardroil beach in front of Uig Lodge. Fin and Gunn arrive looking for their suspect and end up in a boat chase which takes them past Gallan Head and into the caves at Pabbay.  Fin and Detective Gunn arrive at the caves and despite their best…

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Pabbay to your Itinerary

  5. Hen Harrier © Lauries Campbell
    © James Smith
    Merlin © Laurie Campbell
    Short-eared Owl © Laurie Campbell
    Hen Harrier © Lauries Campbell
    © James Smith
    Merlin © Laurie Campbell
    Short-eared Owl © Laurie Campbell

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    Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5LY

    Isle Of Benbecula

    A path runs across Benbecula, through an area of low lying moorland and lochs. This is an excellent area for hen harrier, short-eared owl and merlin during the breeding season.

    Add Bird of Prey Trail - Rueval to your Itinerary

  6. Cairn erected by Eriskay schoolchildren in 1995 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of BPC landing at Eriskay
    Cairn erected by Eriskay schoolchildren in 1995 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of BPC landing at Eriskay

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    Eriskay, Isle of South UIst, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South UIst

    Prince Charles Edward Stuart's first landfall in Scotland was on the Island of Eriskay on 23rd July 1745.

    Add Location A - Coilleag a Phrionnsa: Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail to your Itinerary

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    Wiay, Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    24th June 1746. Neil realises that they are on a small island instead of being on the Benbecula mainland as they expected. The Prince throws a tantrum!

    Add Location O - Near Wiay: Bonne Prince Charlie Trail to your Itinerary

  8. Isle of Harris Distillery
    East loch Tarbert
    The Whisky Stills
    Spirit Hall
    Spirit Hall
    The Hearach - Tarbert Warehouse
    The Hearach - Ardhasaig Warehouse
    Casks in Ardhasaig
    Gin Still Dottach
    Gin Still at work
    Isle of Harris Distillery
    East loch Tarbert
    The Whisky Stills
    Spirit Hall
    Spirit Hall
    The Hearach - Tarbert Warehouse
    The Hearach - Ardhasaig Warehouse
    Casks in Ardhasaig
    Gin Still Dottach
    Gin Still at work

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

    Telephone

    01859 502212

    Isle of Harris

    Awards

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

    The first distillery in Harris has opened it's doors. The Harris Distillery is a working distillery that welcomes guests. Join us on a tour of the distillery, sit by the peat fire or enjoy the flavours of the Island in the canteen.

    Add Isle of Harris Distillery to your Itinerary

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    Loch Bee, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of South Uist

    Check the islands at the north-west end of the loch.

    Add White Tailed Sea Eagle-Loch Bee to your Itinerary

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    Princes Strand, Eriskay, Isle of South Uist, Outer Hebrides

    Eriskay, Isle of South Uist

    This pink and white, striped funnel-shaped flower is found only here in the Outer Hebrides

    Add Sea Bindweed - Princes Strand to your Itinerary

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    Haun, Eriskay, Isle Of South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5JH

    Eriskay, Isle Of South Uist


    Photograph © David Wilson

    In the book, The Lewis Man, two teenage brothers, Peter and Johnny and a young girl, Ceit are brought to South Uist.  They were referred to as "homers" as they had been in an orphanage and the Catholic Church had shipped them to South Uist and boarded them out with a families in Eriskay. This house in Eriskay is where…

    Add Peter May Trilogy - Ceit's (Catherine's) House Eriskay to your Itinerary

  12. © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell
    © Laurie Campbell

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    Polochar, South Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS8 5TU

    South Uist

    Bottlenose dolphins can be seen in the Sound of Barra.

    Add Bottlenose Dolphin - Polochar to your Itinerary

  13. 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.

    Add Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre to your Itinerary

  14. Ardvourlie Woodland Observatory
    Ardvourlie Woodland
    View from the observatory
    Pete's Shed
    Ardvourlie Woodland Observatory
    Ardvourlie Woodland
    View from the observatory
    Pete's Shed

    Address

    Ardvourlie, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AB

    Telephone

    01859 502222

    Isle of Harris

    Awards

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

    The breath-taking views over Loch Seaforth and the chance to see native trees in an otherwise rugged and tree-less landscape make this well worth a visit. The Observatory sits near the top of the circular track through the 100ha community woodland in the often-overlooked northern part of the estate.

    Add Ardvourlie Woodland Observatory to your Itinerary

  15. Address

    Pairc Niseaboist, Horgabost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3AE

    Telephone

    01859 503900

    Isle of Harris

    Translated from Gaelic, Talla na Mara means the Centre by the sea. Overlooking Niseabost beach, the Centre boasts one of the most photographed locations in the Outer Hebrides.

    Add 15. Talla na Mara to your Itinerary

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    Isle of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides

    Isle of Benbecula

    26th April 1746. PrinceCharles Edward Stuart sailed from Borradale, Loch nan Uamh, at night, accompanied by Capt O'Sullivan, Capt O'Neil, Allan MacDonald, Donald MacLeod, and Edward Burke, and by seven boatmen. A severe storm blows up.

    Add Location B - Rossinish 1st Visit: Bonnie Prince Charlie Trail to your Itinerary

  17. White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell
    Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell
    Peregrine © Laurie Campbell
    White-tailed Sea Eagle © Laurie Campbell
    Common Buzzard © Laurie Campbell
    Peregrine © Laurie Campbell

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    Lionel, Ness, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0XB

    Ness, Isle of Lewis

    Located at the North of the Archipelago, this rich Machair loch and surrounding wetland is an important migration stopover for wildfowl and waders attracting regular visits from hunting bird of prey, especially during the spring and autumn migration.

    Add Bird of Prey Trail - Loch Stiapabhat to your Itinerary

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    Borve, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, HS3 3HT

    Isle of Harris

    Inspired by Scottish coastal Iron Age buildings. Designed by Stuart Bagshaw (Private residence, please view from the road)

    Add 16. The Broch House to your Itinerary

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