"The Outer Hebrides" Scotland Things to Do Tip by RhineRoll

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      ferry arriving from Skye in Lochmaddy, North Uist
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Not that many people make the effort to visit the Outer Hebrides (Western Isles/Eileanan nan Siar). As understandable as it may be when you see their location on a map of Europe, leaving them out of your itinerary will deprive you of a very special experience. The windswept archipelago is the last stronghold of Scottish Gaelic language and culture, a language that 300 years ago dominated all of North West Scotland. In addition to this, the islands have some of the World's finest beach scenery on their Western coastlines and they can generally be considered a true paradise for lovers of nature. Since most of the islands are linked by causeways, they theoretically could all be visited on one day requring just two short ferry trips -- one between Barra and the beautiful island of Eriskay -- and the other one between North Uist and Harris. Airports with connecting flights to Glasgow exist on Lewis (Stornoway), Benbecula (Balivanich) and Barra (totally unique beach airport).

Harris is usually treated as an island of its own, even though it shares its landmass with neighbouring Lewis. The distinction is not entirely unjustified though, because the high mountains marking the traditional border in historic times formed an obstacle that was even harder to negotiate than a strait of the ocean. Particularly on Lewis and Harris, Sunday observance is very strong, which needs to be taken into account when planning a visit to this wonderful northwestern corner of Europe.

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  • Written Dec 7, 2006
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