Castlebay, Barra Visitor Guide

Castlebay is the main settlement on the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.

The village is a popular tourist destination, but it is perhaps best known for the ferry terminal which provides links to Oban on the mainland and the isles of Tiree and South Uist.

Castlebay is a good base to explore Barra as it allows easy access to the A888 ring road and the Isle of Vatersay. The village also features a number of attractions including the famous Kisimul Castle.

Kildonan Museum Visitor Guide

Kildonan Museum is part of the cultural centre on the island of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

The Museum collection includes over 10,000 exhibits from South Uist’s past across a wide range of themes from religion to fishing, crafting, and everyday life.

In addition to the museum, the centre has a cafe and a gift shop and is well placed on the A865 for pit stops for cyclists on the Hebridean Way.

Traigh Mhor Beach Visitor Guide

Traigh Mhor on the Isle of Barra is one of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches.
The pristine white sand of Traigh Mhor is flanked by long banks of flowering machair to the north, south, and west, while turquoise waters frame the scene to the east.

This beach is also famous for being an airfield which can only be used when the tide is low – the only airfield of its type in the world.

Hushinish, Harris Visitor Guide

Hushinish is a remote region of the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. It is accessed via a twisting 12-mile single-track road on the southwest of the island which presents stunning views of South Harris and the island of Taransay.

Once at Hushinish, visitors can enjoy a white sand beach surrounded by a rugged coastline in addition to kayaking to the nearby island of Scarp.

Isle of Benbecula Visitor Guide

The Isle of Benbecula is located between the islands of North and South Uist in the Outer Hebrides.

Due to its location, Benbecula is an ideal base to explore the Uists but it has a number of attractions of its own including Reuval (the solitary hill in the middle of the island), and several large yet quiet beaches on its western side.

Isle of Vatersay Visitor Guide

The Isle of Vatersay is the most southerly inhabited island in the Outer Hebrides with a population of around 90 permanent residents.

Vatersay is best known for its two half-mile white sand beaches – Traigh Shiar and Traigh a Bhaigh – that are set within shallow bays in the middle of the island.

The island is easily reached from the Isle of Barra by a causeway near Barra’s largest settlement Castlebay.

Isle of Eriskay Visitor Guide

The Isle of Eriskay is situated to the immediate south of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides where it is connected to its much larger neighbour by a 1-mile causeway.

In addition to its spectacular coastline, Eriskay is best known for its indigenous Eriskay ponies, of which only 400 are left on earth.

Isle of Scalpay Visitor Guide

The Isle of Scalpay is located on the southeast corner of Harris and Lewis. At just 2.5 square miles in total, Scalpay is one of the smallest isles of the Outer Hebrides yet it has a thriving community of crofters, fishermen and artisanal crafters.

Highlights of a visit to Scalpay include the stunning 14 miles of shoreline that is home to seals, otters, and eagles, and the circular walks through the wild machair and moorland to the historic Eilean Glas lighthouse that was built in 1824.

Callanish Standing Stones Visitor Guide

The Callanish Standing Stones are located on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

These huge granite stones (the largest is 16 feet tall) were erected 5,000 years ago in the late Neolithic era, possibly for ritual use.

The site comprises a cross shape of monoliths around a central circle of 13 stones, with an avenue of a further 19 stones facing northeast.

Reuval, Benbecula, Visitor Guide

The 124-metre summit of Reuval is the highest point on the Outer-Hebridean island of Benbecula.

Though the walk up the hill is short it’s undeniably one of the highlights of a visit to this remarkable isle as the top offers gorgeous panoramic views of the surrounding sea, beaches, and mountains.