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Also known as the Western Isle and the Long Island, the Outer Hebrides is a chain of islands that sit off the west coast of mainland Scotland and form part of the Hebrides with the Inner Hebrides. It is separated from the mainland by the waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. There are 15 inhabited islands with the major ones being Lewis and Harris, North Uist, South Uist, Benbecula and Barra, while there are more than 50 uninhabited islands. 

Outer Hebrides
The majority of the islands in the Outer Hebrides have important pre-historical structures and are known for the amazing variety of wildlife and birdlife including the golden eagle, otter, basking sharks, whales and dolphins. 

The island of Lewis is mainly flat with treeless moors with the main focus on making the most of the sea cliffs and bays where many people enjoy abseiling, kayaking and boating. The main town is Stornoway, which makes the perfect base for your holiday with plenty of restaurants, cafes and shops close to the harbour. There are many Neolithic historical sites including the Callanish Stones, as well as the Norse mill house and the Pictish Carloway Broch roundhouse. 

Most of Harris is mountainous with a dramatic east coast of rocky landscapes, while the west coast has breathtaking golden sands with the stunning mountain backdrop. Such versatility means there is something for everyone on Harris whether it’s the coastal walks, watersports or lazy days on the beaches.
North Uist is a relaxing island with stunning white sands and moorland hills, and is popular with birdwatchers with the Balranald nature reserve on the west coast. South Uist is also popular for its beaches with over 20 miles of white sands running down the western coast as well as the Druidibeg Nature Reserve. Barra is an island for all the family with plenty of opportunities for walking, wildlife, flora spotting, cycling and heritage, while the main harbour town of Castlebay is home to the impressive Kisimul Castle.

Outer Hebrides hotels selected by eGuide

Thorlee Guest House

Superbly situated in the centre of Stornoway, Thorlee Guest House is on the harbour front, a short walk from the ferry terminal and close to the airport. Thorlee Guest House offers comfortable rooms, with some en suite facilities and satellite TV. Some of the rooms have panoramic views of the harbour and castle. Local area amenities nearby include museums, sport centres and Stornoway Golf Club. There are also a number of restaurants, pubs, bars, shops close by.
 
Hotel Hebrides

In the heart of the Hebrides, this boutique-style hotel offers individually designed en suite bedrooms all with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee and DVD players. The Pierhouse Restaurant offers a fine menu of modern Scottish cuisine. Mote Lounge Bar has an extensive selection of whiskies and traditional Scottish music. Luskentyre beach, voted the 8th most beautiful beach in the world (Lost Planet), is only 15 minutes’ drive from Hotel Hebrides. Set in beautiful Scottish landscape, Hotel Hebrides is 50 minutes’ from Stornoway and Callanish Stones.
 
Cabarfeidh Hotel

Set within in its own attractive gardens, this modern 3-star hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Stornoway, just across the road from the golf course leading onto historic Lews Castle grounds. Rightly known as 'Stornoway's finest hotel', the Cabarfeidh (pronounced cab-ar-fay) provides a relaxing base for both business and leisure travellers. It is also bookable for functions or meals in the Solas Restaurant.
 
Braighe House

This stunning, sea-facing guest house offers top-quality accommodation from its location on the edge of Stornoway, 2 minutes from Stornoway Airport. Braighe House has a friendly atmosphere and is perfect for enjoying a relaxing stay and a great breakfast in the Outer Hebrides. Most bedrooms have superb sea views, and all have a flat-screen LCD TV and free wireless internet access. Braighe House also offers a car hire service.
 
Royal Hotel

Stornoway's most historic hotel, the Royal nestles in the heart of Stornoway, beside the marina, where you can relax, enjoy the hotel's cosy character and enjoy dining in our Boatshed Restaurant or in HS1, the town's 1st cafe bar. If on business, you'll probably appreciate free wireless internet access available throughout the hotel. What matters so much more than bricks and mortar, though, is the warmth of the welcome and the friendly, easy service you'll receive - for the Hebrides has a great tradition of hospitality.
 


 

 

 

 


 


 

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