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The Western Isles (Outer Hebrides)

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Fàilte gu Na H-Eileanan An Iar: Welcome to the Outer Hebrides!

There are, at least for me, very few places on earth more soothingly beautiful than these Western Isles. The beaches are more than amazing, the landscape almost surreal and there is a sense of remoteness as if you're very, very close to the world's edge.

Early Christian stone carvings and crosses can be found on many of the islands, but these are modern compared to the Dun Carloway Broch some two thousand years old, and the even older Callanish Standing Stones.

The few castles are remnants of the power of the Lords of the Isles, who ruled the whole of the Hebrides and parts of the mainland in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Site rating

  • A gem! Really a must-see! (***)
  • Intriguing! Worth a visit! (**)
  • Have a look if you are in the area. (*)
  • Although there may not be much to see here, it could be interesting (-)

My very personal selection:

Location: Arnol / Isle of Lewis

Location: Eoropie / Isle of Lewis

Location: Garrynahine / Isle of Lewis

Location: Carloway / Isle of Lewis

Location: Gearrannan / Isle of Lewis

Location: Huisinis / Isle of Harris

Location: Castlebay / Isle of Barra

Location: Seilebost / Isle of Harris

Location: Meavaig / Isle of Harris

Location: Hirta Harbour / Isle of Hirta

Location: Eoropie / Isle of Lewis