The Outer Hebrides (Na h-Eileanan Siar) also known as the Western Isles, is an island chain off the west coast mainland Scotland. Home to the most amazing white beaches and magical mountains combined with amazing wildlife and vibrant culture.
In the north are Lewis and Harris, the largest of the islands. Lewis is home to two-thirds of the population and home to the capital - Stornoway. There are many attractions to see but probably the most famous are Calanais standing stones. A must see are also the stunning beaches, including Luskentyre in Harris and Uig in Lewis.
The southern half of the Western Isles comprises of a string of islands all joined and accessible by causeway - North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and only since 2001 the Isle of Eriskay.
South Uist is the second largest of the Outer Hebrides. In the east are dramatic mountains, notably Beinn Mhor and Hecla while the west coast has a stretch of long sandy beaches.
Finally is Barra, famous for Kisimul Castle in the waters entering the main town of Castlebay. As with many of the other islands, Barra has scenery to astound and the beaches are a must see. A perfect way to appreciate the landscape is to travel by plane and experience landing on the beach!
For more information on visiting the Islands please visit www.visitscotland.com
Special thanks to Scotland in a Week for their Eriskay pony photograph,