Welcome to the Western Isles of Scotland, including the isles of Barra, North and South Uists, Benbecula, Harris and Lewis  

The Outer Hebrides or Western Isles, as they are alternatively known, are situated on the extreme North West of Scotland. The Hebrides are known as the "long island" as they stretch for over a 100 miles. The islands are steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years.


The Isle of Lewis is the most northern of the Western Isles.

Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis and is also the home of the Western Isles Council. Just over 6,000 people live in the town, which represents about a third of the total population of the island. Stowoway is the main port, due to its sheltered location, with the ferry from Ullapool a regular visitor. The sheltered harbor is the reason for the towns' existence and was named "Steering Bay" by the visiting Vikings, which, when phonetically translated, became the name Stowoway.

For more detailed information on each island, please click on the links 

Coming Up This Month

This is the diary of events and activities of interest to the visitor to the Western Isles, or Outer Hebrides.

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The Western Isles or Outer Hebrides