The outer hebrides EXPLORE 2020-2021 -

The outer hebrides EXPLORE 2020-2021 -
EXPLORE 2020-2021

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The outer hebrides EXPLORE 2020-2021 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2 The Outer Hebrides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at a glance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4 Culture & history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6 Paradise islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       8 Outdoor activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     10 Creative islands
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     12 Natural larder
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     14 Year of Coasts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Waters 2020
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     16 What’s on
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             30 years
                years                                                                                                                                                                                                                                18 Travel tips
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     20 Practical information
                    Butchers                                                                                                                                                                                                                         24 Places to visit
                             pastries &
                                                                                                                Welcome to…                                                                                                                          33 Leisure activities

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                                                                                                                Welcome to the edge of the world. Just getting to the Outer Hebrides is
                                                                                                                an adventure. This idyllic island chain sits in the wild blue Atlantic

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                                                                                                                Ocean 30 miles off the west coast of Scotland. Here you can wander
                                                                                                                along pristine beaches and remote mountain paths in one of
                                                                                                                Britain’s last remaining wildernesses. Among the breathtaking
                                                                                                                scenery and amazing wildlife, you’ll find friendly
                                                                                                                towns and villages with a rich and vibrant
                                                                                                                This is a land steeped in ancient history,
                                                                                                                where you can get close to 4,000-year-old
                                                                                                                standing stones and visit abandoned islands.                                                                                         Cover: The Calanais Standing
                                                                                                                Listen to the calls of thousands of visiting birds,                                                                                  Stones, Isle of Lewis
                                                                                                                smell the peat smoke in a traditional                                                                                                Above image: Ness Beach,
                                                                                                                blackhouse and taste the rare flavours of an

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Isle of Lewis
                                                                                                                island whisky. Come and see why Scotland’s
                                      S T                                                                       Highlands & Islands were named a top region
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                                                                                                                                                                        D                                '   Surf, snorkel or explore the

                                                                                                                                                                                                             coast around Barra from a


                                                                                                                                                                           At the height
                                                                                                                                                                          of summer, the                     kayak and you might see
                                                                                                                                                                          Outer Hebrides                     seals, dolphins and basking
                                                                                                                                                                          enjoy 22 hours                     sharks. Contact Barra Surf
                                                                                                                                                                            of daylight.                     and Coastal Adventures.
                                                                                                                                                                       ww                                '   Learn how traditional peat-
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                                                                                                                                                                                  t s c otl a n d            smoked salmon is prepared
                                                                                                                                                                                                             before sampling it yourself at
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hebridean Smokehouse on
                                                                                                                                                                                                             North Uist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Sample the sugar-kelp
                                                                                                                                                                                                             infused Isle of Harris Gin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             produced from the island’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                             first legal distillery.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Dress like a native in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             world-famous Harris Tweed
                                                                                                                                                                                                             and Knitwear.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Don’t miss...
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Tasting the exquisite local
                                                                                                                                                                                                             shellfish throughout the
    the outer hebrides                                                                                                                                                                                       Outer Hebrides such as

at a glance
                                                                                                                                                                                                             lobsters, scallops, crabs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             mussels and oysters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Savouring a dram of single

    Na h-Eileanan an iar                                                                                                                                                                                     malt whisky from the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Abhainn Dearg Distillery
    aig aon sealladh                                                                                                                                                  Stornoway Harbour, Isle of Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Uig, the most westerly
                                                                                                                                                                                                             distillery in Scotland – and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             the oldest (legal!) whisky
Which island will you visit first? There are 15 inhabited islands, all with their own unique                           North Uist                             South Uist                                     distillery in the Outer
character, and hundreds of uninhabited isles and skerries. Each is a treasure trove of adventure                       Peace is here in abundance amid        Enjoy more than 20 miles of                    Hebrides.
and discovery. You could step back in time at one of Barra’s 83 archaeological sites, explore the                      the island’s long stretches of sand,   brilliant white sand beaches,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Museum nan Eilean at Lews
mountain peaks of Harris or go birdwatching on North Uist.                                                             peat bogs and countless small fresh    play Askernish’s ‘lost golf course’
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Castle offers an interactive
                                                                                                                       lochs. Visit the RSPB Balranald        created by ‘Old’ Tom Morris or
                                                                                                                                                                                                             explanation of the history and
                                                                                                                       Nature Reserve to search for the       visit the vast Loch Druidibeg
Lewis                                  Harris                                 St Kilda                                                                                                                       culture of the Outer Hebrides
                                                                                                                       elusive corncrake and see the          Nature Reserve, which supports a
Lewis is the northern section of       North Harris is a crumpled land of     The majestic islands of St Kilda are                                                                                           alongside a stunning
                                                                                                                       island’s most notable historical       large colony of greylag geese and
the single island known as Lewis       imposing hills and peaks, formed       one of the most special places on                                                                                              exhibition of unique objects
                                                                                                                       sites including the 18ft high          hundreds of different plant species.
and Harris – the largest island in     from some of the oldest rocks on       the planet. You will be awed by the                                                                                            dating from prehistory to
                                                                                                                       chambered cairn, Barpa Langass.
Scotland. Here you can travel over     the planet – 3 billion years old and   highest sea cliffs in the UK (1,410ft)                                          Barra                                          the present day, including
atmospheric moorland dotted            counting. On the West coast, you       and deafened by the cacophony of         Benbecula                              You won’t visit a more dramatically            six of the original Lewis
with sparkling freshwater lochans,     can paddle on some of the most         seabirds. The islands lie 40 miles       This flat island has beautiful west    sited stronghold than medieval                 Chessmen pieces, the single
to an epic coastline of steep cliffs   spectacular beaches of Britain –       out in the Atlantic west of North        coast beaches backed by lush           Kisimul Castle in Castlebay. Its               greatest archaeological find
and spellbinding beaches. Visit        they really do rival those of the      Uist and life here was tough – the       machair, the low-lying fertile plain   mighty walls rise sheer from a                 in Scotland.
the magnificent Calanais Standing      Caribbean and Thailand. Look out       inhabitants abandoned their              typical of the Outer Hebrides. Visit   rocky islet in the bay. Enjoy the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ' A walk along a secluded
Stones and explore Stornoway, the      for seals at Loch Flodabay or tee up   homes forever in 1930.                   the 14th century castle ruin at        remarkable scenery of one of the             white sandy beach on the
island’s charming main settlement      for golf at Scarista on the edge of                                             Borve and the Heritage Centre in       beaches such as Tangasdale, or               Isle of Berneray, where the
and the largest town in the Outer      the Atlantic.                                                                   Castlebay.                             cycle or walk around this small but          only noise is the sound of
Hebrides.                                                                                                                                                     beautiful island.                            the waves and the birds
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The 900-year-old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lewis Chessmen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               were carved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from walrus ivory.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '   It’s a short but spectacular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        boat trip to Kisimul Castle,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Barra, perched on a rocky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        island in Castlebay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '   Step back in time at Bosta

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Iron Age House, Bosta, Great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bernera, Isle of Lewis. This
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reconstructed dwelling was

    & history
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        inspired by the remains of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        real Iron Age houses exposed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        after a storm.

      cultar & eachdraidh                                                                                                                                            Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis   '   Get a glimpse of island life
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in a restored traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        crofting township at
Our ancestors first roamed over the beautiful Outer Hebrides 9,000 years ago. It wasn’t long before                     The Lewis Chessmen, Museum nan Eilean at Lews Castle, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis                  Gearrannan Blackhouse
they were making their mark on the landscape, and when you come here you’ll feel history is a                                                                                                                           Village, Lewis.
living, breathing part of life. You can see it in the historical attractions and prehistoric relics, and
hear it in the language and stories of the people.                                                                                                                                                                  Don’t miss...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    '   It’s hard to imagine a more
The whole of Lewis is one giant         Museum nan Eilean is an exciting       heritage centre. Find out about the                                                                                                      beautiful setting for a stone
treasure trove, so rich is the island   museum and public archive in           islanders’ changing lifestyles, from                                                                                                     circle than that of Pobull
with archaeological gems left           the leafy grounds of Lews Castle,      maritime and crofting to home life                                                                                                       Fhinn, on North Uist.
behind by its ancient inhabitants.      Stornoway. Six of the iconic Lewis     and leisure.                                                                                                                             Pay your respects to Alasdair
When you reach out to touch the         Chessmen, uncovered in Uig on                                                                                                                                                   Crotach, chief of Clan
                                                                               Walk in the footsteps of a prince on
Calanais Standing Stones your           the west coast of Lewis in the 19th                                                                                                                                             MacLeod at his magnificent
                                                                               a visit to the Isle of Eriskay. During
fingers are pressing on a monument      century, have been returned to the                                                                                                                                              medieval tomb in St
                                                                               the time of the Jacobite Risings,
that was built before the Pyramids      island and the new museum on                                                                                                                                                    Clement’s Church on Harris.
                                                                               Bonnie Prince Charlie landed on
of Giza. Find out just how our          permanent display.
                                                                               this small island from France and                                                                                                        Why is the Clanranald Stone
ambitious ancestors erected the                                                                                                                                                                                     '
                                        Take the journey of a lifetime and     later hid in the Outer Hebrides                                                                                                          so mysterious? Come to the
stones and how they used them in
                                        sail to the astonishing archipelago    to avoid capture by government                                                                                                           Kildonan Museum on South
the visitor centre.
                                        of St Kilda, one of the most remote    troops following defeat at Culloden.                                                                                                     Uist and find out.
You’ll notice there are very few        parts of the British Isles. Learn
                                                                               What better place to learn about                                                                                                       A trip to the most southerly
trees on Lewis and Harris – so the      about the hardy people who once                                                                                                                                             '
                                                                               your Hebridean roots and Scottish                                                                                                      island of Vatersay with a
inhabitants burn peat for fuel,         lived in the village, now abandoned
                                                                               clan culture than the Outer Hebrides                                                                                                   walk to the disused village
rather than firewood. You can see       and part of a dual UNESCO World
                                                                               themselves? Head to the Seallam!                                                                                                       of Eorasdail which was
– and smell! – exactly what this        Heritage Site.
                                                                               Visitor Centre in Northton on Harris                                                                                                   established by fishermen
was like at a traditional Hebridean
                                        Learn about the culture, history and   and tap into their extensive archives.                                                                                                 from Mingulay, and was
blackhouse at Arnol.
                                        language of Barra at the island’s                                                                                                                                             abandoned in the early
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   Birder? Head to RSPB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Balranald Nature Reserve,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                North Uist to see lapwings,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                corncrakes, merlins and hen

                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   We have our very own eagle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                observatory and Bird of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prey Trail on Harris, where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                you stand a good chance of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                spotting golden and white-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                tailed eagles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   Meet the population of hardy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eriskay ponies, a rare breed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                which originated on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                island. The ponies can also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                be found on South Uist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Don’t miss...
                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   Seals coming ashore to pup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                in the autumn months at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Flodabay, Isle of Harris.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   Hundreds of greylag geese on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the Monach Isles or around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Loch Druidibeg on South


                                                                                                                                                                                                            '   Once you’ve heard the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                distinctive call of the elusive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                corncrake, you’ll always
                                                                                                                                                                                                                remember it.
Eileanan parras                                                                                                                                                              Tolsta Beach, Isle of Lewis

                                                                                                                                                              Once you’ve admired our beautiful            Gannets
Even birds love holidaying in the Outer Hebrides. We see more than our fair share of feathered                          This is otter madness. Here in the
visitors, including rare corncrakes. And plenty of beautiful birds, such as white-tailed eagles, live                   Outer Hebrides we have more otters    birds and animals, you should also
here all year round. Our archipelago is also full of fascinating flora and marine life and you can visit                per square mile than anywhere else    check out the amazing range of
                                                                                                                        in north west Europe. Watch out for   flora, some of which is very rare. You
three National Nature Reserves (NNRs) here.
                                                                                                                        the playful creatures hunting along   can see a thousand types of wild
From the cliffs at the Butt of Lewis    The isles of North Rona and Sula         another NNR. They play host to         rocky shorelines.                     flower in the Outer Hebrides, and at
you can admire the acrobatics of        Sgeir are so remote (they lie 44 miles   hundreds of barnacle geese and one                                           the height of summer the machair is
                                                                                                                        Luskentyre Sands in the west of
fulmars, kittiwakes and shags as        north of Lewis) that they make a rare    of the largest breeding colonies of                                          transformed into a colourful carpet
                                                                                                                        Harris is regularly voted one of
they drop from their perches on the     prize for island-baggers. They are       Atlantic grey seals in the world.                                            of orchids, yellow irises and poppies.
                                                                                                                        Britain’s best beaches for good
hunt for a meal.                        uninhabited by humans, but attract                                                                                    Seeing red deer, one of the most
                                                                                 For staggering seabird spectacles,     reason – it is absolutely gorgeous.
                                        tens of thousands of breeding                                                                                         iconic animals, can be a common
Ever seen a basking shark break                                                  it’s hard to beat St Kilda. Here you   The sands are white gold, the sea
                                        seabirds including guillemots,                                                                                        experience on the isles of Harris and
the surface of the sea? It’s quite an                                            can see what one million seabirds      is turquoise shelving to deep blue,
                                        gannets and storm petrels.                                                                                            Lewis and on one the wildlife tours
experience. Take a boat trip and you                                             look like, including one of the        and behind it all lie the rugged
might also see bottlenose dolphins,     The Monach Isles, west of North          world’s largest gannet colonies and    mountains of the north.               on offer here, you may strike lucky
grey seals and even orcas and           Uist, have been protected as             the UK’s largest puffin colony.                                              and spot the shy otters that live and
humpback whales.                                                                                                                                              feed in the sea lochs and waters.

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                                                                                                                                                                 D                                        '    Tee off in dramatic sand

                                                                                                                                                                                                               dune surroundings at the

                                                                                                                                                                     There are                                 lovely Askernish Golf Course,
                                                                                                                                                                     97 named                                  South Uist.
                                                                                                                                                                   beaches in the
                                                                                                                                                                   Outer Hebrides.                        '    Explore the rugged hills of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Harris with like-minded souls
                                                                                                                                                                 ww                             o              at the Isle of Harris Mountain

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                                                                                                                                                                            t s c otl a n d                    Festival.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          '    Ready for adventure?
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Contact Scaladale Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                               on Harris, who specialise
                                                                                                                                                                                                               in sailing tours, guided
                                                                                                                                                                                                               canoe trips and other wild
                                                                                                                                                                                                          '    Go snorkelling and free-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               diving amongst kelp forests
                                                                                                                                                                                                               and wrecks with Benbecula
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Freedive in Balinvanich.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don’t miss...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          '    Paddle from cove to cove on
                                                                                                                                                                                                               turquoise waters by kayak on
                                                                                                                                                                                                               the Uists.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          '    Wait for the tide to ebb and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               explore the sea caves and
                                                                                                                                                                                                               stacks at Garry Beach, Tolsta.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          '    Always wanted to surf?
    outdoor                                                                                                                                                                                                    Learn on the stunning sandy

                                                                                                                                                                                                               beaches of the Isle of Barra
                                                                                                                                                                                                               with Barra Surf and Coastal

    cur-seachadan a-muigh                                                                                                                                                                Hebridean Way

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sea Kayaking with Clearwater Paddling
You wake. You step out of your door and breathe the pure Hebridean morning air. Wherever you are                  Anglers – there are 2,000 lochs       Saddle up and cycle along
in these islands, a wild natural playground is right on your doorstep. Today you can find thrilling               on Lewis and most of them             the whole island chain on the
adventure, pure peace and a little bit of everything in between. Walking, cycling, kayaking, surfing              are brimming with fish. And           Hebridean Way, which stretches
                                                                                                                  our coastline has many rocky          from Barra to the Butt of Lewis. Or
or playing golf in stunning surroundings – what will you do first?
                                                                                                                  promontories and shelving             why not take it easy and explore the
                                                                                                                  beaches if you like sea-angling.      quiet roads for the day?
Venture on The Hebridean Way, on      can choose how thrilling you want     Clear waters with reefs, pinnacles,
foot or by bike, through some of      it, from the wide open beaches of     wrecks and fantastic marine life –    Try Amhuinnsuidhe Castle Estate       Have I been teleported to Thailand?
the most spectacular landscapes in    Uig to the sheltered waters around    sound like a fun dive?                on Harris and Stòras Uibhist on       No, this really is Scotland. Here you
the UK. This 156-mile walking route   Vatersay.                                                                   South Uist.                           can explore hundreds of stunning
                                                                            For a relaxing ramble, walk the
and 185-mile cycle network takes                                                                                  Golf doesn’t get more scenic – and    white sand beaches that are often
                                      Surfers descend on Lewis like bees    Cladh Hallan Roundhouses circular,
in the surrounding rugged hills,                                                                                  affordable – than here. The Isle of   completely deserted. While away
                                      round a honeypot. Pop your board      near Daliburgh on South Uist. For
wildlife, and heritage of the Outer                                                                               Harris Golf Club, Benbecula Golf      the hours relaxing on Garry on
                                      in the car and head to Dalmore,       more of a walk on the wild side try
Hebrides.                                                                                                         Club and Askernish Golf Club , Isle   Lewis or Tangasdale on Barra and
                                      Dalbeg or Mangersta beach for         the Lewis West Side coastal walk or
                                                                                                                  of South Uist - are all true gems.    enjoy the gorgeous scenery these
Rough or smooth? For kite surfing,    some of the most consistent surf in   the Clisham Horseshoe on Harris.
                                                                                                                                                        island paradises offer.
power kiting and windsurfing you      Europe thanks to year-round swells.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Many local residents speak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Scottish Gaelic, a Celtic language
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       native to Scotland. If you hear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       them talking, why not have fun
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and join in with a few everyday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Madainn mhath –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: madeeng vah
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – good morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fàilte – Pronounced: falcha
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – welcome
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ciamar a tha thu? –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: keemar a ha oo?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – how are you?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cò as a tha thu? –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: co ass a ha oo?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – where are you from?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tapadh leat –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: tap-ah lat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – thank you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Uisge-beatha –

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: uska ber
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – whisky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Slàinte mhath! –
outdoor                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pronounced: slancha va
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Cheers!/Good health!
 eileanan cruthachail                                                                                                                                          The An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis   Mar sin leat! –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Pronounced: mar shin let-h
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – goodbye
When you live in a place this beautiful, creativity flows easily. You’ll find the people of the Outer                    The Hebridean Woolshed, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Hebrides express their passion for life in music, painting, crafts, fabrics, drama, photography,                                                                                                                       More information can be found at
poetry and myriad other ways.                                                                                                                                                                                

Gaelic is the original language of        Hebrides will fire your artistic          Choose a unique ceramic work
the Outer Hebrides and its many           imagination. Or see how the pros do       from Uist Craft Producers, or pick                                                                                                 Don’t miss...
speakers have a rich singing              it at the many studios and galleries      up some handmade knitwear from                                                                                                     '   Cinema in spectacular
tradition. Hear Gaelic songs and          on these islands.                         Harris Tweed and Knitwear.                                                                                                             surroundings – the Hebrides
foot-stomping music at some of the                                                                                                                                                                                         International Film Festival in
                                          Art really is part of life here, and we   Nowhere else on earth makes
great live music festivals, such as the                                                                                                                                                                                    September.
                                          are very proud to welcome you to          true Harris Tweed, a luxury cloth
Hebridean Celtic Music Festival (or
                                          venues such as An Lanntair on Lewis       handwoven by islanders using                                                                                                       '   Hear the fascinating Story of
HebCelt for short), the Eilean Dorcha
                                          and Taigh Chearsabhagh on North           local wool.                                                                                                                            of Harris Tweed at the new
Festival in Benbecula or the Fèisean,
                                          Uist that display stunning works                                                                                                                                                 Harris Tweed Brand Room
local annual festivals celebrating                                                  The Eriskay Jersey is one of the
                                          from local and international artists.                                                                                                                                            in Stornoway Town Hall –
traditional music and culture.                                                      rarest pieces of craftwork in
                                          Take your loved ones a piece of           Scotland. Traditionally, these                                                                                                         Sgeulachd a’ Chlò Mhòir.
Bring your sketch pad and camera
                                          handcrafted Celtic jewellery from         intricately patterned seamless
– the natural beauty of the Outer
                                          Hebridean Jewellery on South Uist.        jerseys were made by island women
                                                                                    for their fisherman husbands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                         foodie treats
                                                                                                                                                                      ST                                     Taste freshly-caught scallops


                                                                                                                                                                                                             with a squeeze of lemon –
                                                                                                                                                                   A guarantee of                            unforgettable!
                                                                                                                                                                  the finest quality
                                                                                                                                                                  Scottish food and                      '   At the Stornoway Farmers’

                                                                                                                                                            w ww
                                                                                                                                                                    drink on offer.                          Market every Friday you can

                                                                                                                                                                sit                                          sample locally grown fresh

                                                                                                                                                                      s co               ste
                                                                                                                                                                                       produce from around Lewis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   It’s hard to beat local salmon
                                                                                                                                                                                                             pâté on homemade oatcakes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             See what we mean at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Kildonan Centre on the Isle
                                                                                                                                                                                                             of South Uist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Don’t miss...
                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   The fresh local salmon at
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Digby Chick restaurant in

                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Wonderful flavours at
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Charlies Bistro in Benbecula
                                                                                                                                                                                                             with fresh ingredients from
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Salar Smokehouse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         '   Incredible views and
                                                                                                                                                                                                             delicious food at Uig Sands
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Restaurant on Lewis.

larder                                                                                                                                                                                                   '   Delicious seafood and a

Preas-bidhe Nàdair
                                                                                                                                                                                      Langass Lodge,         mouthwatering view at the
                                                                                                                                                                        Loch Eport, Isle of North Uist       popular Polochar Inn, South
                                                                                                                     Creel boat near Griminish, Benbecula
Taste the beauty – the fresh produce and home-cooked flavours of these glorious islands are                                                                                                                  The catch of the day – watch
simply unbeatable. From smoked salmon and fresh shellfish to succulent beef, lamb and much                                                                                                                   the boats come home to
more – you are officially in foodie heaven!                                                                                                                                                                  Kallin harbour at Grimsay,
                                                                                                                                                                                                             North Uist.
One taste and you’ll see why           so special? Visit the Hebridean      Savour a dram of single malt
Stornoway celebrated kippers have      Smokehouse on North Uist or          whisky from the Abhainn Dearg
been popular for over 150 years.       the Harris & Lewis Smokehouse        Distillery in Uig, the most westerly
                                       in Stornoway, and find out for       distillery in Scotland, some Barra
While there you can also savour
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            U K NO
                                       yourself.                            Atlantic Gin from the Isle of Barra
famous Stornoway black pudding.
Buy it from the butcher or try it in   Discover the distinct flavour of
                                                                            Distillery or Downpour – the brand                                                                                                   D

                                                                            new gin from the Isle of North Uist.


local cafés and restaurants.           Hebridean mutton, which comes                                                                                                                                             The Isle of Harris
                                       from hill sheep that have grazed     So fresh it was swimming this                                                                                                        Distillery, the first
You can feast on exquisite local
                                       on heather.                          morning – that’s how good the local                                                                                                   on the island, is
shellfish such as lobster, scallops,                                                                                                                                                                              known as ‘The
                                                                            seafood at the Anchorage on the
crabs, mussels and oysters             Ease your cares away with a bottle                                                                                                                                        Social Distillery’.
                                                                            Isle of Harris is.
throughout the Outer Hebrides.         of craft beer from the brand new

                                       Loomshed Brewery on Harris or        Sweet tooth? Then you’ll love                                                                                                             .visi
What is it that makes traditional
                                       some tasty gin from North Uist at    the luxury Scottish tablet made by                                                                                                              t sc otl a n d
Hebridean peat-smoked salmon
                                       the new North Uist Distillery.       Hebridean Toffee on the Isle of Barra.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                             '   The opportunity to see
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Harris Tweed being woven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 by skilled local crafters.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             '   The delectable local produce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 – scallops, lobster, crab,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lamb, beef and the delicious
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stornoway black pudding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             '   One of many themed tours,

             Y   O U K NO                                                                                                                                                                                        guided walks, and boat trips
         D                                                                                                                                                                                                       that will help you make the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 most out of you stay.

                Take a boat


             trip to the Isle                                                                                                                                                                                    In August, do not miss
          of Mingulay and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Steòrnabhagh air a’Chùan
        witness 100s of seals
            and thousands                                                                                                                                                                                        Festival (Stornoway on
                 of puffins.                                                                                                                                                                                     the Ocean) celebrating

        .vi                                                                                                                                                                                                      the opening of Stornoway’s


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                                                                                                                                                                                            new marina.

  Year of COASTS AND                                                                                                                                                                                         Don’t miss a packed programme

                                                                                                                                                                                                             of events happening across the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Outer Hebrides and the rest of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             country. For more information visit
  Bliadhna Cladaichean IS                                                                                                                                                                                    Share your experiences using
   Uisgeachan na h-Alba 2020                                                                                                                                    The beach at Luskentyre, Isle of Harris      #ScotlandIsNow and #YCW2020

Explore the variety of brilliant adventures that await you in the Outer Hebrides! And what better                  Go wild                                  From sea to plate                             Stacks to do
way to celebrate the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 than with an exciting programme of events                      Take a boat trip on the coast of Lewis   The islands are bursting with                 The Outer Hebrides are full of
                                                                                                                   and watch out for whales, dolphins       distinctive local flavours. As you’d          history, heritage with scenery
that showcases all the great wonders that the islands has to offer?
                                                                                                                   and soaring seabirds while hearing       expect, we have an abundance of               and surroundings that really take
                                                                                                                   stories of vanished lighthouse           delicious seafood, straight from              you back in time. Discover great
It’s the captivating views, the       Swim and go snorkelling in a           region, and with white sands and                                               the harbours of Stornoway (Lewis),
                                                                                                                   keepers on the Flannan Isles.                                                          attractions set amidst stunning
endless beaches, ancient history,     secluded bay, or fish in one of the    clear blue waters, it can pass as a                                            Kallin (North Uist) and Castlebay             seascapes including Kisimul Castle
wonderful wildlife and finest fresh   2,000 lochs dotted around the          tropical paradise on a good day.      Visit RSPB Balranald Nature
                                                                                                                                                            (Barra), and available in our                 in Castlebay on Barra which is the
food that truly make a visit to the   islands. Or take to the turquoise                                            Reserve on North Uist to hear the
                                                                             Take a boat trip to the renowned                                               many excellent eateries. Tuck into            only surviving medieval castle in
Outer Hebrides extraordinary.         waters for a spot of kayaking and                                            distinctive rasping call of the rare
                                                                             World Heritage archipelago of St                                               sublime salmon, monkfish, hand-               the region. Or head to the Island
The islands boast a hugely diverse    you could find yourself sharing                                              British corncrake. Watch out for
                                                                             Kilda, only 40 miles westwards. The                                            dived scallops and langoustines               of Great Bernera, where you can
coastal scenery, ranging from         the waves with some playful seals.                                           porpoises, orcas and minke whales,
                                                                             islands seem lost in another age                                               from our pristine waters. Look out            witness the stunning Bosta Iron
dramatic cliffs and sea stacks to     On the Isle of Uist, you can enjoy                                           basking sharks and dolphins
                                                                             on the very edge of Europe, with                                               for the Isle of Harris Distillery in          Age House right on the sandy
gleaming white beaches, and a rich    guided walks by the coast or horse                                           teeming in the waters all around.
                                                                             a fascinating deserted village and                                             Tarbert. Although their single malt,          beach. This was part of the most
offering of inland waters, rivers,    riding on the beach, or for the more                                         In the azure blue surface water, you
                                                                             large colonies of seabirds.                                                    The Hearach, isn’t available yet,             completely preserved late-Iron Age
loch and waterfalls.                  adventurous, rock climbing and                                               could be treated to a dazzling light
                                                                                                                                                            you can try their distinctive Isle of         village ever found in the country.
                                      coasteering right on the seacliffs.    Sail to one of the many remote        show as the sun reflects off shoals
Outdoors adventures                                                                                                                                         Harris Gin and take a tour of the             In Stornoway, the Lews Castle
                                                                             uninhabited islands of the Outer      of herring.
Get out here! Explore the wild        Island hopping                                                                                                        distillery. Don’t miss the brand new          Museum and Archive gives you
                                                                             Hebrides, full of dramatic mystery
landscapes and rugged coastlines      Grab your bucket and spade                                                   For a wildlife experience with a         Loomshed Brewery on Harris, or                a chance to see six of the world
                                                                             and beauty, from Taransay, which
of the Outer Hebrides on a walking    and explore the Outer Hebrides’                                              difference, head to South Uist to        the North Uist Distillery.                    famous 12th century Lewis
                                                                             was featured in the reality TV show
or cycling adventure, exploring one   dramatic coastline, islands and                                              seek out the island’s resident wild                                                    Chessmen back home on the island
                                                                             Castaway to the Shiants, which
of Scotland’s newest long-distance    seaside spots. West Beach on                                                 ponies. They can usually be seen                                                       where they were found, as well as
                                                                             inspired Adam Nicolson to write the
trails – the Hebridean Way.           Berneray is a stunning part of the                                           on the road to Loch Skipport and                                                       many other maritime stories of
                                                                             amazing book Sea Room.
                                                                                                                   around nearby Loch Druidibeg.                                                          these isles.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   '   Fèisean are local annual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       festivals, celebrating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       traditional music and culture.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       They happen throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Outer Hebrides, so it’s easy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       catch one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   '   Golfers will love the Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Golf Week in July, a seven-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       day extravaganza of golf
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       activities including the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Western Isles Open Amateur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Championships for Men,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ladies and Juniors.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   '   Don’t miss the Hebridean
              UT MO
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dark Skies Festival across
          N        R                                                                                                                                                                                                   Lewis on 7-20 February 2020.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       It will include stargazing

           Get the latest
          on all this year’s                                                                                                                                                                                           events, talks and workshops
          events at www.                                                                                                                                                                                               by leading scientists, film                                                                                                                                                                                             screenings, live music,
               events                                                                                                                                                                                                  theatre, family events, and
         ww                                                                                                                                                                                                            much more.
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                    t s c o tl a n d                                                                                                                                                                               '   The Cèolas Music Festival
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       on South Uist which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       celebrates Gaelic life,

what’s on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       tradition and history through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       classes, workshops and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       performances in fiddling,

     tachartasan                                                                                                                                                 Lews Castle Museum, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       piping and singing.

It’s all happening in the Outer Hebrides. You can enjoy a terrific variety of events in the summer                        Ocean) celebrating the opening           the Faclan. Readers and world-               mountains. You’ll find everything
months, which showcase the rich culture of these beautiful islands. From live music and film                              of Stornoway’s new marina. This          class authors come together in               from guided walks around some
                                                                                                                          exciting four-day event promises         an inspiring Hebridean setting for           truly magnificent scenery to guest
festivals to boat and even mountain festivals, we have something going on here to keep you
                                                                                                                          to be a truly vibrant Hebridean          readings, screenings, performances           speakers, outdoor sports sessions,
                                                                                                                          cultural experience, with sailing        and discussions.                             powerboat tours and much more.
Ancestral                                  Hebrides. Head to South Uist in        The Hebridean Celtic Festival has       events, workshops, races, ceilidhs                                                    Run a half marathon in
                                                                                                                          and local produce; whilst also
                                                                                                                                                                   Food & drink
Are you descended from a MacNeil           July for its games to see Highland     quietly turned into one of the most                                                                                           surroundings so beautiful that
                                                                                                                                                                   Look in our natural larder and you’ll
or MacLeod? Then your ancestors            dancing, piping, caber tossing and     special festivals in the country. Pop   exploring the nature, culture,                                                        they’ll take your mind off the
                                                                                                                                                                   see smoked salmon, fresh shellfish
could have come from the Outer             much more.                             along to Lewis in July and soak up      history, music, food and people                                                       challenge. There are popular
                                                                                                                                                                   and succulent beef and lamb on the
Hebrides. Many other clans                                                        the magical atmosphere for yourself.    of the Outer Hebrides.                                                                summer events on the islands
                                           Arts and culture                                                                                                        shelves amongst many other foodie
originated here, too, so visit Cò Leis                                            Head to Benbecula for the annual        In September you can catch some          goodies. Go to the agricultural              of Lewis, Harris, Benbecula and
Thu? in the Seallam! Visitor Centre        Gaelic is a musical language as well
                                                                                  summer event, Eilean Dorcha             culture at the Harris Arts Festival.     shows at Carloway or North Uist in           Barra, with 10k, 5k and fun runs for
on Harris, and see what their              as a spoken one, and it has one
                                                                                  Festival, for great bands, stunning     You could take a workshop on             August to try out some Hebridean             younger or beginner runners.
genealogical resources have to say         of the richest singing traditions in
                                                                                  scenery, and brilliant headline         basket making or peg loom                produce for yourself.                        In July, enjoy the Isle of Harris
about your family history.                 Europe. You can hear Gaelic singing
                                                                                  acts.                                   weaving, shop for local textiles,                                                     Festival of the Sea – Feis Mara Na
                                           and foot-stomping traditional
Hebridean clan culture is alive                                                                                           and enjoy drama by touring               Outdoor                                      Hearadh – with exciting watersport
                                           music at one of the Outer Hebrides’    In August, do not miss
and kicking today, as you’ll see                                                                                          theatre companies and live music.        Ready for the high-life? The Isle
                                           arts venues such as An Lanntair on     Steòrnabhagh air a’Chùan                                                                                                      activities, including sea kayaking,
at a Highland games in the Outer                                                                                                                                   of Harris Mountain Festival is
                                           Lewis or Taigh Chearsabhagh on         Festival (Stornoway on the              If you’re a bookworm you’ll love the                                                  rowing, sailing and more.
                                                                                                                                                                   a week-long celebration of the
                                           North Uist.                                                                    annual Hebridean Book Festival,

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                                                                                                                                                                                         out more
                                                                                                                                                                                         We have a number of points
                                                                                                                                                                                         accross our islands where
                                                                                                                                                                                         you can get information
                                                                                                                                                                                         and inspiration!
                                                                                                                                                                                         Discover more of the Outer
                                                                                                                                                                                         Hebrides in a our VisitScotland
                                                                                                                                                                                         iCentre in Stornoway. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                         friendly information experts
                                                                                                                                                                                         can offer advice on what’s on
                                                                                                                                                                                         and where to go as well as book
                                                                                                                                                                                         accommodation and tickets for
                                                                                                                                                                                         events, activities and transport.

  travel                                                                                                                                                                                 Our Shop Local initiative

                                                                                                                                                                                         promotes local artisans so we
                                                                                                                                                                                         can also help you find the perfect
                                                                                                                                                                                         Scottish gift.
                                                                                                                                                                                         Find us at:
     doighean siubhail                                                                                                    Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry, Stornoway harbour, Isle of Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                         • 26 Cromwell Street,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Isle of Lewis,
The Outer Hebrides have a unique geography – they are dozens of islands strung out in a 100‑mile
                                                                                                                                                                                          HS1 2DD
long chain in the Atlantic. Their isolation is part of their charm, but with a little planning you’ll find
it easy to get about.                                                                                                                                                                    You can also get tailored advice
                                                                                                                                                                                         and top tips on the local area
With your own transport, you can          and from the mainland to Barra,       thoughout the islands. You can                                                                           from eight Welcome Points from
explore the islands in your own           Stornoway, Tarbert, Lochmaddy         make large savings with Caledonian                                                                       Vatersay to Ness in Lewis where
time. Several of the main islands         and Lochboisdale.                     MacBrayne’s special flexible ferry                                                                       local businesses have partnered
are linked by causeways, while                                                  tickets. The Hopscotch® tickets                                                                          with us to provide information.
                                          For further details about driving
Caledonian MacBrayne runs a                                                     are valid for one month and let                                                                          Find out more at
                                          safely in Scotland, visit
comprehensive inter-island ferry                                                you pick your own adventure by                                                                 
service.                                                                        choosing from a selection of                                                                             visitor-info/visitor-information-
                                                                                pre-planned routes.                                                                                      centres
By road/bus                               scotland/
Many island roads are single track,                                             Visit or
                                          You can hop on several bus services
but you’ll find they are in good                                                call 0800 066 5000.
                                          throughout Lewis and Harris, most
condition. Just ensure you make           running from Monday to Saturday.      By air
use of the passing places to allow        Services on the Uists, Benbecula      There are flights to the Outer
other vehicles to pass. At the start of   and Eriskay focus on the main                                                                                                                  '   For all local and national
                                                                                Hebrides from Glasgow, Edinburgh
a journey, make sure you fill up as       spinal route from Berneray to                                                                                                                      public transport timetables
                                                                                and Inverness with Loganair.
petrol stations are well spread out.      Balivanich through to Eriskay.                                                                                                                     and journey planning contact
You can get good rental deals from        While less frequent, there are        Ever landed at an airport that uses                                                                          Traveline Scotland 24 hours
local car hire companies.                 three bus routes on Barra.            a beach for a runway? Probably not,                                                                          a day on 0871 200 22 33,
                                                                                because Barra has the only such                                                                    
You can island-hop without leaving        For more bus information visit        airport in the world. Fly in here for a                                                                      or download their app.
your car thanks to bridges to             truly unique travel experience.
Scalpay and causeways all the way         tasks/bus-services/
                                                                                                                                                                                         '   There are an increasing
through the islands from Berneray                                               For details of inter-island Loganair
                                                                                                                                                                                             number of tour buses and
to Eriskay. There are ferry terminals     By ferry                              flights, visit or
                                                                                                                                                                                             cars (which can often give
at Stornoway and Leverburgh,              Caledonian MacBrayne runs             call 0344 800 2855.
                                                                                                                                                                                             customised itineraries)
and car ferries on the routes             inter-island services with well-
                                                                                                                                                                                             taking people around the
between Harris and the Uists,             equipped car and passenger ferries
                                                                                                                                                                                             sites of the islands.

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Practical information
                                                                                                                                                    Insurance and cancellations             v Hearing loop*                          like forests or peaty ground. Take
                                                                                                                                                    Should you have to cancel for           Many establishments will be able         away your rubbish and consider
                                                                                                                                                    whatever reason, it is reassuring       to cater for those with a sensory        picking up other litter as well. If
Fiosrachadh feumail                                                                                                                                 to know that you can be insured
                                                                                                                                                    against any compensation claim. It
                                                                                                                                                                                            impairment but please do check           in doubt, ask the landowner.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Their advice just might help you
                                                                                                                                                                                            with the business before booking
The listings within this guide        • Transport                                                           reference (see example) rating to       is advisable to take out cancellation   and visiting.                            find a better camping spot. For
have been split into the              • Events & festivals                                                  the map which appears at the back       insurance prior to your trip.                                                    further information see the
following sections:                   • Accommodation                                                       of this guide. Most entries have a                                              ü Short breaks available*                Scottish Access Code:
                                                                                                            postcode which can be used to pin       Accessibility                           There is a fabulous range of             www.outdooraccess-scotland.
• Places to visit
                                      Businesses within these sections                                                                              Whether you want a cosmopolitan                                                  scot/practical-guide-all/camping
• Leisure activities                                                                                        point locations but it is always wise                                           accommodation throughout
                                      are listed in alphabetical order by                                                                           city break or a relaxing holiday in
• Shopping                                                                                                  to check the actual location before                                             Scotland. Many offer short breaks        Take extra care and follow any
                                      business location then by business                                                                            the countryside, you’ll find a great
• Food & drink                                                                                              making your journey.                                                            options. Many establishments have        local advice when parking cars
                                      name. Each entry has a map                                                                                    range of accessible accommodation,
• Tours                                                                                                                                                                                     offers throughout the year, contact      or campervans. Please note,
                                                                                                                                                    attractions, things to see and do       direct for latest special offers.        responsible access rights within the
                                                                                                                                                    and transport. You can stay in a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Scottish Outdoor Access Code do
                                                                                                                                                    bustling city centre, with great        � Family fun*                            not extend to motorised transport.
                                                                                                                                                    access-friendly attractions right       There is a wealth of things to see       If you are planning to travel in a
SAMPLE ENTRY                                                                                                                                        on your doorstep, or out in the         and do that will keep smiles on          motorhome or campervan check
Location                                                                                                          Map reference                     countryside, where you can enjoy        faces all day. Businesses that are       with the landowner before you stop
‘By’ designates that a property is                                                                                To assist you further in          accessible walks or trips to the        particularly suitable for children can   or book a pitch in a nearby camping
within 10 miles of this location.                                                                                 locating each business,           beach. For more information go to       highlight this within their entries.     park. Across the length and breadth
Mileage in brackets after the                                                                                     this grid reference relates
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Scotland there are some really
location indicates the distance                                                                                   to the map on pages 50 & 51.      breaks/accessible. Also go to           , Dogs welcome*                          fantastic camping parks in stunning
from the named location.               ANY LOCATION (4 miles)                                          F3                                  for                  Dogs are welcome to this                 locations, from beachside crofts to
                                       Scott Gardens
                                                                                                                                                    information on businesses               establishment, on the                    wooded areas lined with ancient
                                       Kinross KY22 9YR

Name of business
                                        T: 01599 862655
                                                                                                                                                    throughout Scotland with good           understanding that they are on
                                                M                                                                                                                                                                                    pines. By pitching up at a proper

                                       Beautiful 18th century gardens with café                                   Facilities and symbols            access reviews from disabled people,    their leash and are kept under
                                       and popular daily events, overlooking
                                                                                                                  See page 23 and the page                                                                                           campsite, you’ll help ensure our
                                       one of Scotland’s famous lochs. Plenty
                                                                                                                                                    their family and friends.               control. You may have to check with

Contact details
                                       to see and do for all the family.
                                                                                                                  opposite for details.                                                                                              natural environments and their often
                                       oooo Visitor Attraction                            & © ǃ +
                                                                                                                                                    Businesses with the logo (below)        each establishment whether there         fragile ecosystems remain intact.
                                       Open:      Mar-Jun: Centre open 10am-5pm. Sep-Dec: Centre open
                                                  9.30am-4pm. Closed Christmas and New Year.                                                        on their          are restricted areas for your dog.
Business description
                                       Admission: Adult £3, Concs £2, Child £0.50, Family £6. Car parking                                                                                                                            Smoking
                                                  £5 all day.                                                                                       entries have their own Accessibility
                                                                                                                  Opening times and                 Guide which will include                k Refreshments available*                Scotland’s indoor public places,
                                                                                                                  admission prices                                                          Café or refreshments are available       including pubs, restaurants and
                                                                                                                                                    information on their facilities
Quality award                                                                                                                                                                               at this business. Please check prior     cafes are smoke-free by law,
                                                                                                                                                    such as onsite restaurants, free
Where a Quality Assurance award has been included on an entry, the business has been graded by VisitScotland                                                                                to visiting if you have particular       creating a healthier and fresher
                                                                                                                                                    WiFi, hearing loop, level access
and provides assurances on quality and standards. Further information on page 23 of this guide. Quality Assurance                                                                           requirements.                            environment for residents and
                                                                                                                                                    and accessible parking or drop off
awards are correct as at January 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                               visitors to our beautiful country.
                                                                                                                                                    points. It is always advisable to
                                                                                                                                                    check the businesses own website        � WiFi available*                        Drinking and driving
                                                                                                                                                    for this information, which will be     Guest WiFi access is available at this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Scotland’s drink drive limit is 50 mg
                                                                                                                                                    highlighted by this symbol      .       location.
Pricing                               Booking                                                               you for compensation. You should                                                                                         (of alcohol per 100 ml of blood). The
                                                                                                                                                                                            Wild camping                             Scottish Government recommends
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                                                                                                                                                    + Accessible and                        Wild camping is legal in Scotland        the best approach is to have no
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                                                                                     GEOCRAB, ISLE OF HARRIS                                                B5                                                                                     CASTLEBAY, ISLE OF BARRA                                               E5
  Places to visit                                                                                                                                                        Places to visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kisimul Castle

  Art Galleries                                                                                                                                                          Castles, historic homes &                                                 Historic Scotland, In Castlebay, Isle of Barra,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   HS9 5UZ
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   T: 01871 810313
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The best preserved medieval castle in the
                                                                                                                                                                         Also check Visitor attractions                                            Western Isles, seat of the chiefs of the Clan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MacNeil. Reached by small boat from

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Castlebay, weather permitting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Open:      Check website for up to date opening times
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Admission: Check website for current admission prices
                                                                                     Skoon Gallery

                                                                                     Andrew & Emma Craig 4 Geocrab, Isle of Harris HS3 3HB
                                                                                     T: 01859 530268
                                                                                     Small, comfortable gallery where you can browse original oil paintings by
                                                                                     resident artist Andrew John Craig. Freshly ground coffee and leaf tea also
BALALLAN, ISLE OF LEWIS                                                  C3          available.                                                                       ARNOL, ISLE OF LEWIS                                                    C2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Places to visit
Island Arts Gallery and Coffee Shop                                                                                                                                   The Blackhouse, Arnol
Debbie Cullis 8 Balallan, Lochs, Isle of Lewis
T: 01851 830742
                                                                                                                                                                      Historic Scotland, In Arnol village, Isle of Lewis,
                                                                                                                                                                      HS2 9DB
                                                                                                                                                                      T: 01851 710395
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Visitor attractions                                                                                                                                                                           See also other categories
A gallery full of colour and light. We sell                                                                                                                           Traditional fully furnished, Lewis thatched
affordable paintings by Debbie Cullis & Paul                                                                                                                          house with visitor centre, interpretative
Smith, as well as art prints, handmade crafts                                                                                                                         displays and shop. There are Gaelic speaking

and published cards.                                                                                                                                         k        staff on site.
                                                                         k           Open:      Apr-Sep: Tues-Sat, 10am-4.30pm.                                       oooo Historic House                                        E,ĩ
Open:       1 Apr–30 Sep: Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. 1 Oct–31 Mar: Wed-Sat,                  Admission: See website for winter opening times.                                 Open:      Check website for up to date opening times.
            10am-5pm. We serve home-baking,cooked snacks and a                                                                                                        Admission: Check website for current admission prices.
            range of herbal teas and fresh coffee.

DRINISHADER, ISLE OF HARRIS                                              B5          QUIDINISH, ISLE OF HARRIS                                              B5        CALLANISH, ISLE OF LEWIS                                                B3   DRINISHADER, ISLE OF HARRIS                                            B5
                                                                                                                                                                      Calanais Standing Stones
                                                                                                                                                                      Historic Scotland, 12m West of Stornoway off
                                                                                                                                                                      A859, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY
                                                                                                                                                                      T: 01851 621422
                                                                                                                                                                      A Neolithic setting of standing stones,
                                                                                                                                                                      arranged in a cross shape. The visitor centre at
                                                                                                                                                                      Calanais is managed by The Standing Stones

                                                                                                                                                                      ooo Visitor Attraction                                     E,ƒk
                                                                                                                                                                      Open:        All year. Please contact 01851 621422 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                          for up-to-date opening hours and
Ardbuidhe Cottage Gallery                                                            Holmasaig Studio Gallery                                                                      admission prices for visitor centre.                            Harris Tweed And Knitwear


Drinishader, Isle of Harris HS3 3DX                                                  Margarita Williams DA (Glas), Holmasaig Gallery, Quidinish, Isle of Harris                                                                                    Drinishader Old School, Drinishader, Isle of Harris HS3 3DX
T: 01859 511140                       HS3 3JQ                                                                                                                                                       T: 01859 502040 T: 01859 502505
View the work of Willie and Moira Fulton in this five star gallery,                   T: 01859 530401                                                                                                           
beautifully situated by the bay in Drinishader on the golden road, Isle of                                                                                                                                       Harris Tweed shop and exhibition. View old collections of local weavers
Harris.                                                                              Margarita Williams DA works in her home village in a stunning location.          CARLOWAY, GARENIN, ISLE OF LEWIS                                        B2   and Marion Campbell's artefacts. Also a superb exhibition showcasing
                                                                                     The unique landscape, sea, wild flowers and birds inspire her work. Her                                                                                        designer products.
                                                                                     ancestry goes back many generations in Harris, Berneray, Pabbay and St
                                                                                                                                                                      Gearrannan Blackhouse Village
                                                                                                                                                                      5a Gearrannan, Carloway, Isle of Lewis HS2
                                                                                     Kilda. Awarded the CRMackintosh assoc France Residency 2014.
                                                                                                                                                                      T: 01851 643416 F: 01851 643488
                                                                                                                                                                      Restored blackhouse village with museum,
• 5 star arts venue • Visit working studio • Warm welcome • Beautiful                • Warm welcome to working studio • Fine art by professional artist                                                                                            • Old weaving artefacts • Superb wildlife location • Old pictures/videos
                                                                                                                                                                      café, gift shop and live interpretation.
location • Quality work                                                              • Large display of 200 works • Invited artists                                                                                                                • Groups welcome • Parking & toilet facilities
                                                                                                                                                                      Wonderful scenery. Unique location.

ooooo Tourist Shop                                                           ,                                                                                                                                                                     ooo Visitor Attraction
Open:       Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. All other times by                           Open:       Apr-Oct: Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. Other times by appointment.                                                                                  k,       Open:      Mar-Oct Mon-Sat, 9am-5.30pm.
            appointment.                                                                                                                                              Open:        Mar-Oct, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm.                                           Can open upon request
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Admission: Free Admission

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STORNOWAY, ISLE OF LEWIS                                              C3
Western Isles Transport Preservation
                                                                                                           FINSBAY GALLERY
Unit 2, Marybank Industrial Estate HS2 0DB                                 WILDLIFE & LANDSCAPE ART
M: 0776 513 1493
                                                                                                       1 Ardvey Finsbay Isle of Harris HS3 3JG t. 01859 530244

WITPG promote the preservation of air and
marine transport heritage of the Western Isles.
Annual motor show at Tong Showground on

Saturday 8th August 2020.

Open:      Our collection is only available to view by appointment.

Admission: Adult £4, Child £2 (under 5 free), Family £10.                                                                                                       ETCHINGS




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                                                                                                                                                           MON - SAT
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                                                                            RUTH O’DELL, FIONA MACINTYRE R.S.W. BEVERLEY WALLER, DAVID GREENALL,
                                                                              JILL OLENSKI, DAVID KILLICK, LAURIE CAMPBELL, THELMA SYKES S.W.L.A
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5000 YEARS OF MYSTERY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           AT THE
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    & VISITOR CENTRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                     Exhibition, cafe & gift shop                Callanish Visitor Centre, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9DY
Book online                                                                               01851 706 500                                                                                              Groups welcome                                  
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Open all year!                                                            +44 (0)1851 621422                                       

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                                                                                        Located in an environment of rugged
                                                                                        beauty at Carloway on the Atlantic
                                                                                        coast of the Isle of Lewis, this unique
                                                                                        group of restored thatched cottages at

                                                                                                                                                           Islands Galore Regatta
                                                                                        Gearrannan should be included in the
                                                                                        itinerary of all visitors to the island.
                                                                                        Open from 9.30am to 5.30pm (except
                                                                                        throughout the summer season
                                                                                        SeLf-CAterInG COttAGeS
                                                                                                                                                               Saturday 15th August
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                                                                                        hOSteL Open ALL yeAr                                                 Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist & join us in the
         teL: 01851 643416 | email: | Web:
                                                                                                                                                                 Live Music | Food & Drink | Seafood
     TAIGH TASGAIDH CHILL DONNAIN                                                                                                                                       Blessing of the Boats
                                                                                                                                                                    Ceilidh & Highland Dancing
                     KILDONAN MUSEUM
   The KILDONAN CENTRE in South Uist is a heritage centre and cultural amenity which includes a Museum, a Craft Shop, a Fèis Room
                                                                                                                                                           Local Boat Trips | Local Business & Craft Stalls
                                                                                                                                                                      Watersports & lots more...
 for Ceilidhs, Music and Dance, a Café and an Archaeology Room where finds can be cleaned and examined by visiting archaeology groups.
                                                                                                                                                                    For more information please visit
                                OPEN APRIL-OCTOBER, 7 days a week, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)
      Open by appointment only outwith these times and dates – please contact the chairperson Ronald MacKinnon on 01878 700543
 Group Visits/Guided Tours – If you would like to visit as part of a large group please book in advance and we can arrange a guided tour for your group.
           Wheelchair Accessible – All areas of the Museum, Café and Shop are accessible. There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet.

                  KILDONAN Isle of South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland HS8 5RZ
                                        Tel: 44(0)1878 710343

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