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What’s on Outer Hebrides

Also known as the Western Isles, the Outer Hebrides is a blend of rugged mountain ranges and lush green valleys strung out some 130 miles over more than 200 islands. With its spectacular natural environment, the Outer Hebrides is ideal for walking, cycling and watching wildlife, and its superb Atlantic beaches draw surfers from around the globe. Fishing for salmon and trout, as well as sea angling, is highly popular here and, long-regarded as the heartland of Gaelic culture, the Outer Hebrides is also home to a vast wealth of artistic and musical talent. Regular programmes of events and exhibitions are held throughout the islands, celebrating different aspects of life in the Outer Hebrides, and music can be enjoyed in both formal and informal settings at any time of the year.

regional highlights

5th - 10th July 2015, South Uist:

First held in 1996 and set within the gaelic-speaking community of South Uist, Ceòlas is a music and dance summer school.

15th - 18th July 2015, Lewis and Harris:

Visitors travel from far and wide to enjoy this fantastic summer folk festival.

Year-round, North Uist:

Situated 100 metres from the ferry terminal in Lochmaddy, this award-winning museum and arts centre is a fascinating place to visit and features a changing programme of exhibitions.

Open year-round, Lewis:

The area around Calanais is home to 20 monuments erected some 3000 -4000 years ago.

Year-round, Isle of Lewis

The collection includes comprehensive family archives, a collection of old photographs, audio and video tapes, and material relating to local fishing.

Year-round, Outer Hebrides:

Lying more than forty miles north of the Isle of Lewis, Sula Sgeir is best known for its population of gannets.

Year-round, Outer Hebrides:

Owned by the National Trust for Scotland and one five World Heritage Sites in the country, St Kilda is an isolated archipelago lying 50 miles west of the Outer Hebrides.

Year-round, Outer Hebrides:

Uninhabited since 1948, the Monach Isles are today home to a large number of nesting seabirds and over 200 flowering plants and grasses.

Year-round, Isle of Lewis:

The Blackhouse at Arnol is a traditional, fully furnished, Lewis thatched house that provides a unique insight into island life.

Year-round, Isle of Lewis:

Dun Carloway, or Dun Charlabhaigh, is one of the best preserved broch towers in Scotland situated in a stunning location overlooking Loch Roag on the west coast of Lewis.

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