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Things to See & Do in the Outer Hebrides

It’s easy to start when advising where to go and what to see in the Outer Hebrides – the problem is when to stop!

Standing stones are plentiful out here and offer a glimpse of ancient life. Black-houses and brochs allow us to imagine how the islanders must have lived at one time. Restaurants and cafes offer only the best local produce and Harris Tweed is to be found along the roadsides, being woven in garden sheds and outhouses!

Boat trips to St Kilda offer a once in a lifetime trip and the beaches are second to none.

Artists and craft makers are all over the islands, all offering their own unique take on island life. And when you buy from the islanders, you really are helping a community thrive.

 
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Dun Carloway Broch

Visit this remarkably well-preserved broch (an ancient Scottish defensive structure) on the west coast of Lewis. Although largely a ruin, the remaining walls reach up 9 meters and you can even climb in between the inner and outer walls!

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Butt of Lewis

At the most northerly end of Lewis, huge waves crash against the 80ft high cliffs – spectacular in any weather, and awe-inspiring in a storm! Seabirds next here, and seals can be seen at the foot of the cliff on calmer days. Just don’t get too close to the edge!

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North Harris Golden Eagle Observatory

Golden Eagles exist on Harris in their highest density in Europe and  in the heart of the Harris hills, this Observatory gives you one of the best chances of seeing these beautiful birds!

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St Clement’s Church

Praised as ‘the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles’, this small but impressive and well-maintained church at the southern tip of South Harris is well worth a visit. It sits in a stunning location with views as far as North Uist and Skye!

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Kisimul Castle

Visit Barra’s ‘Castle in the Sea’ – the only Medieval Castle in the Outer Hebrides still standing. Accessible only by boat, the castle sits on a rock in Castle Bay in a truly unique location!

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Scarista Beach

The Hebrides’ spectacular beaches are too many to name here, but one of the biggest and most popular (but by no means busy – these beaches are nothing like Blackpool!) is Scarista, on the west coast of Harris. Golfers have the chance to play on one of the UK’s most scenic courses right by the beach!

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Visit the site of Whisky Galore!

One of the best-known events in the Hebrides’ history is that of the SS Politician, when the shop carrying 260,000 bottles of whisky ran aground off Eriskay – an event immortalised in the film ‘Whisky Galore’! The wreck still lies offshore, covered by the tide, but an intact bottle recovered from the wreck can by seen in the Am Politician pub close by!

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The Suileachan Monument

Built to commemorate the land clearances, land raiders and subsequent land reforms, this poignant monument has spectacular views across the loch

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Pairc Memorial

Built to commemorate the men who fought for their rights to the land that their crofts were on, many of whom were imprisoned for doing so.

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Drive the Golden Road

A single-track road that twists and turns its way down the East coast of Harris (often called ‘the bays’ because of the fjord-like coastline). Spectacular, out of this world scenery!

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Bosta Beach

White sand and turquoise waters, a ‘time and tide bell’ that rings as the tide comes in, and an excavated iron age village in the dunes!

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Callanish Standing Stones

These stones have stood upright for around 5,000 years. A in impressive sight!

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Luskentyre Beach

Words just can’t describe the expansive sand, blue waters and all-round tranquillity of Luskentyre – an absolute must-do on Harris!