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The Hebrides attractions & tourist information
Find places to visit and things to do in the Hebrides with these visitor guides.
Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Castles
Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye is one of the island’s most-visited tourist attractions. Visitors can explore extensive grounds that feature an arboretum, landscaped gardens, woodland walks and a children’s play park, as well as the castle ruins and a fascinating museum.
Arnol Blackhouse: Complete Visitor Guide
The Arnol Blackhouse on the Isle of Lewis is a fine example of one of the traditional thatched stone-walled houses that served as home to both people and animals on Scotland’s west coast islands for hundreds of years. The restored building at Arnol – number 42 – sits in an idyllic setting on Lewis, surrounded by open fields and complete with authentic piles of cut peat and harvested crops.
Beaches on the Isle of Tiree: Complete Visitor Guide
Tiree enjoys the highest number of sunshine hours in the UK, and the beaches are some of the cleanest and most secluded in Britain. The island’s coastline is 36 miles in total so there are lots of places to enjoy watersports, and there are also superb festivals to attend on some of the beaches including the annual Tiree Music Festival and the Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing event. Discover everything you need to know about visiting Tiree’s beaches in this complete guide.
Ben More, Mull: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Mountains & Hills
With a peak of 966 metres (3,169 feet), Ben More is the highest mountain on the Isle of Mull. The mountain is located on the shores of Loch na Keal and Loch Beg where it offers spectacular views from two very different approaches on the north and south sides. Discover everything you need to know about Ben More with this complete visitor guide.
Boreraig Clearance Village: Complete Visitor Guide
The remains of long-abandoned villages can be seen all over the Isle of Skye, but Boreraig – situated 4 1/2 miles south of Broadford – is perhaps the most hauntingly beautiful. Visiting Boreraig takes walkers on a 9-mile circular trail from Broadford to the shore of Loch Eishort, across heather-covered moorland on a rough path that offers stunning views along the way.
Callanish Standing Stones: Complete 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.
Carsaig Arches, Mull: Complete Visitor Guide
The Carsaig Arches are located on the south side of the Isle of Mull. From Carsaig Pier it takes around 6 hours to walk the 8-mile return route which is very difficult due to the boulder-strewn coastline that has no obvious path. Walking the coastline is worth every bit of the effort involved though, not only for the scenic views of Islay and Jura but also for the wildlife that can be seen in this remote part of the island.
Castlebay, Barra: Complete Visitor GuideCategory: Outer Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The HebridesTag: Towns & Villages
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.
Duart Castle: Complete Visitor GuideTag: Castles
For 700 years Duart Castle has dominated the Sound of Mull on the Isle of Mull, where its mighty curtain walls have defended the seat of Clan Maclean. The castle is located on a peninsula on the southeast of the island where it welcomes visitors with facilities including knowledgeable tour guides, nature walks, a café, and a gift shop.
Fairy Glen, Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
The Fairy Glen is an ethereal, bizarre-looking landscape located on the west side of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. This geological wonder comprises a number of conical hills that look man made but are, in fact, remnants of an ancient landslip similar to the equally captivating Quiraing.
Fairy Pools, Skye: Complete Visitor Guide
The Fairy Pools are located at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains on the Isle of Skye. These crystal-clear pools of water are one of the most-visited attractions on the island and many visitors wild swim in them, while others use them as a starting point for hikes into the surrounding mountains. Discover the Fairy Pools in this guide which includes an overview, visiting advice, and 360° photos.
Finlaggan, Islay: Complete Visitor GuideCategory: Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The Hebrides
Finlaggan is the former home of Scotland’s ‘Lord of the Isles’ which is located a few miles southwest of Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay. Access to Finlaggan is via a wooden walkway that leads from the visitor centre to a small island where tourists will discover a number of standing stones, graves, and ruined houses. Discover Finlaggan with this guide which features an overview and lots of useful visiting tips and advice.
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village: Complete Visitor Guide
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village lies on the southwest edge of the Isle of Lewis, set within a deep cove that offers protection against the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The village comprises a number of restored blackhouses – traditional thatched stone-walled dwellings that served as home to both animals and people for hundreds of years.
Gott Bay, Tiree: Complete Visitor Guide
One of the most stunning beaches in all of Scotland is Gott Bay which can be found on the Inner Hebrides island of Tiree. With its beautiful turquoise sea and powder white beach it’s no surprise that this bay attracts thousands of visitors each year, and in fact, it’s often cited as one of the best beaches in the whole of Scotland. In this article, we’ll the stunning scenery of Gott Bay as well as the many fun things to do there that make it such a popular destination for visitors to Tiree.
Hushinish, Isle of Harris: Complete 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.
Iona Abbey: Complete Visitor Guide
Iona Abbey – located on the Isle of Iona on the far south-west corner of Mull – was founded by St. Columba in AD 563. The abbey is one of Europe’s oldest sites of worship and was an important burial site for Scottish royalty after the Scottish Reformation. Today, Iona is a popular tourist destination that is accessible via ferry from the village of Fionnphort on Mull.
Islands in Scotland: Find Your Perfect Summer GetawayCategory: The Hebrides, Regions of Scotland
With the recent increase in staycations, many Britons are now flocking to Scotland’s west coast islands for their summer holidays. Many of these islands are pretty much untouched by tourists yet boast some of the country’s most spectacular scenery and its most abundant wildlife. In this article, you’ll find a selection of stunning Scottish islands guaranteed to offer visitors a wonderful summertime break, whether they prefer lazing on a white sand beach or hiking through epic mountain ranges.
Isle of Barra: Complete Visitor GuideCategory: Outer Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The Hebrides
The Isle of Barra is located on the southernmost point of the Outer Hebrides where it joins the Isle of Vatersay on its southern edge and faces the island of South Uist on its northern side. At only 23 square miles in total area, Barra isn’t exactly the largest island in the Hebrides but it’s undoubtedly one of the most interesting thanks to an array of attractions that include the fabulous Traigh Mhor beach – home of the world’s only beach commercial airfield – and Kisimul Castle which is situated on a small outcrop in the middle of Castlebay harbour.
Isle of Benbecula: Complete Visitor GuideCategory: Uist, Outer Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The Hebrides
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 Coll: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Coll lies on the edge of Scotland’s west coast, directly north of Tiree and west of Mull. This stunningly pretty island is surrounded by miles of pristine golden beaches and has vast swathes of unspoilt countryside at its centre. Coll is also pleasingly free of tourism, making a visit to this gem of an island a real step back in time.
Isle of Eigg: Complete Visitor Guide
The small but beautiful Isle of Eigg is part of the Small Isles chain which lies 10 miles (16.09 km) off Scotland’s west coast next to the Morar Peninsula. Access is via a one-hour ferry from the port village of Mallaig on the mainland, which makes it ideal for day trippers, especially cyclists who can ride along the pretty single-track road to explore the centre of the island and the two golden beaches – the Singing Sands and Laig Beach.
Isle of Eriskay: Complete Visitor GuideCategory: Uist, Outer Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The Hebrides
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 Harris: Complete Visitor Guide
The Isle of Harris is situated in the Outer Hebrides where it borders the Isle of Lewis on its northern side and faces the isle of North Uist to the south. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland’s Western Isles, primarily because it’s home to some of the best beaches in the country and features a wild and rugged coastline that’s second to none for wildlife.
Isle of Islay Whisky Distillery Tours: Ultimate GuideCategory: Isle of Islay, Inner Hebrides, Regions of Scotland, The Hebrides
Islay is one of Scotland’s most popular whisky-producing regions thanks to distilleries that include; Laphroaig, Ardbeg, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, Kilchoman, Lagavulin and Ardnahoe. Discover everything you need to know about Islay whisky distilleries in this ultimate guide which includes information about each distillery tour as well as lots of useful visiting advice.
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