Places to Visit


The Outer Hebrides – also known as the Western Isles – stretch for 130 miles and look out on their western side to the Atlantic Ocean.

There is a striking mix of landscapes, from windswept golden sands to harsh, heather-backed mountains and peat bogs. Here on the edge of Europe an elemental beauty pervades…

 

The Machair

Running down the Atlantic side of the islands is one of the jewels of the Hebrides… the Machair (Mahair). Lying between the unfertile moorland and the sea, it’s like a Scottish Garden of Eden. Over centuries, the winds have blown shell-sand up onto the islands,...

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village is a coastal crofting village on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, north of Carloway. The area has been settled since ancient times, but the village at Garenin dates to the 17th century. Garenin inhabitants lived in a type of...

Dùn Chàrlabhaigh

Dun Carloway Broch (Dùn Chàrlabhaigh) is entered by a single low heavily-defended doorway with a guard chamber to one side. There are two further chambers at ground level within the massive thickness of the walls, and a stone-built staircase which rises between the inner and...

Calanais Standing Stones

The Calanais Standing Stones consist of a stone circle of thirteen stones with a monolith near the middle.  Five rows of standing stones connect to this circle.  Two long rows of stones running almost parallel to each other from the stone circle to the north-northeast...