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Whisky Galore! »

Visit the Am Politician, the pub on Eriskay, to see a bottle of ‘Polly’ whisky and other items from this favourite wreck.

Historic Sites

Spanning the millennia from the Stone Age to Viking times, the historic sites of the Western Isles are some of the most spectacular in Britain.

Historic Sites & Monuments in the Western Isles

Black Houses

With their thick walls, thatched roofs, peat fires and central hearth, blackhouses were not so long ago the characteristic rural dwelling of the Outer Hebrides. Beautifully restored houses can be visited at Arnol and Gearrannan.

Beaches Beaches

The white shell-sand beaches, the green-blues of the shallow waters and the wild flowers of the machair contribute to a distinctive Hebridean ambience. 

Buried Chessmen »

The sand dunes of Uig in the west of Lewis are well-known as the burial site of an amazing hoard of chessmen. Crafted out of walrus ivory and whale teeth, the exquisitely carved chess pieces were discovered in 1831.

Surfing & Watersports

The Outer Hebrides are world-class for surfers, thanks to the consistent surf conditions on open beaches. The spectacular coastline makes it superb for sea-kayaking too.

Fishing in the Western Isles »

A true wilderness landscape that appears to contain more water than land, islands where the angler is spoilt for choice, lochs, small rivers and of course an immense coastline. On one side lies the Atlantic and on the other the prolific waters of the Minch.

Wildlife in the Western Isles »

Flower-rich machair, endless rolling moors, huge beaches, interwoven lochans - great variety, plus the best chance of hearing corncrakes anywhere in the UK.

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