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Callanish standing stones

Hidden Hebridean Treasures!

Scotland's Western Isles

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Looking towards Hushinish Beach and Village, North Harris.

Looking towards Hushinish Beach and Village, North Harris

The Outer Hebrides is a perfect retreat from modern life. The tranquility, unspoilt landscapes, the musical lilt of the gaelic language still spoken by many of the inhabitants (as well as English) and slower pace of life embrace you as soon as you set foot on any of these very different islands.The modern and fast ferry services make the Outer Hebrides easily accessible from the Scottish mainland and a Hebridean Adventure can be planned to suit how ever many days you wish to spend exploring this quite magical part of Scotland.

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Luskentyre beach overlooking to the Isle of Taransay.

Luskentyre beach overlooking to the Isle of Taransay

The Isle of Lewis - Eilean Leodhais

Tolsta Beach, North Lewis

Tolsta Beach, North Lewis

Callanish Standing Stones, Lewis

Callanish Standing Stones, Lewis

Gearrannan Black House, Lewis The Norse Mill, Lewis

Gearrannan Black House and The Norse Mill, Lewis.

Beautiful beaches, steep cliffs, some of the oldest rocks in Europe, heather moors and freshwater lochs intermingled with ancient archaelogical sites like the Neolithic Callanish standing stones or the Iron Age Carloway Broch . If you enjoy a dram of the 'water of life', visit the islands first and only legal whisky distillery for a taste of a very unique whisky with an interesting historical past.You can explore and breathe the cleanest, freshest air in Europe.

The Isle of Harris - Na Hearadh

Donald John weaving Harris Tweed.

Island artist Moira Fulton at Ardbhuidhe Studio gallery.

A happy customer with her  Harris Tweed

A happy customer with her Harris Tweed

Harris has a very diverse landscape, the west side has some breathtakingly beautiful golden beaches that stretch for miles and the east coast has an ancient rocky landscape that looks almost lunar in some places - The Golden Road. You can see the world famous Harris Tweed (including that used by Nike) being woven by Donald John at his small weaving shed, nestling on Luskentyre Beach and buy some tweed to have made into a suit or skirt, a wonderful mememto of a truly fascinating visit.

McLaughlin tour

The McLaughlin Family enjoying the freshest lobster at Rodel House Hotel.

Enjoy the freshest of local seafoods and other delicacies, like Cullen Skink (a delcious fish soup), at small personal hotels/guest houses and restaurants whilst chatting with the locals about their life on the islands, the wildlife, the artists. Try a little of the Gaelic language even if it is only Slaint mhath (pronounced slange -ee-va), 'Your Very Good Health' whilst enjoying a refreshment!

Isle of North Uist - Uibhist a Tuath

North Uist is home to rolling moorlands and freshwater lochs teaming with birds and wildlife Isle of Benbecula - Bein Na Faoghla Benbecula is linked by bridges and causeways to the Uists and is the administrative centre for the Southern Isles.

Isle of South Uist - Uibhist a Deas

South Uist has large areas of grassland, shell beaches and an abundance of wildflowers, the machair. It was also the birthplace of Flora MacDonald who helped save Bonie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. You can even visit what remains of her home.

Isle of Eriskay - Eiriosgaigh

Eriskay is linked to South Uist by a causeway. It is where the SS Politician was wrecked, which provided the idea for the novel and hilarious film'Whisky Galore', the novel being written by Compton McKenzie. Eriskay is also the home to the Eriskay pony.

Ponies

Ponies Grazing

Sharing the picnic

Sharing the picnic

Isle of Barra - Eilean Bharraigh

Castlebay, Barra from the ramparts of Kisimul Castle

Barra has some stunning coastal scenery and is home to the medieval Kisimul Castle located on a tiny island just off shore, clan seat of the chiefs of Clan Macneil.

I can plan an itinerary which will encompass the very best of these islands, the scenery, history, culture, food and drink, the people.

You can stay in wonderful small country house hotels or charming guest houses/bed and breakfasts ensuring you experience the very best of Hebridean Hospitality.

This will give you lasting memories of a very unique part of Scotland, which is like no other part of my country.

Kisimul Castle

Kisimul Castle

Special Hebridean Events for 2016

You may like to incorporate these events into your visit.

  • Ceolas Music Festival 3rd-8th July
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival 13th-16th July
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Margot McMurdo Blue Badge Scottish Tourist Guide. Email: margot@ctem.co.uk

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