The Western Isles, or Outer Hebrides, are among the most remote and stunningly beautiful parts of Britain.
A collection of islands strung out along the North Atlantic battered by wind and surf, the natural beauty of this unspoilt region is simply breathtaking - with rugged hills and cliffs, lochs, rivers, white sandy beaches and wide open spaces. Ideal for wildlife watching or simply relaxing, the Western Isles are the perfect getaway destination.
The largest of these are Lewis and Harris, with the islands of North and South Uist, Taransay, Benbecula and Barra just some in the chain of many isles that spread down to the south. Way out to the west is the lonely island of St Kilda, an amazing place now awarded World Heritage Site Status for both its natural and cultural significance.
The small communities which have grown up here are at one with their dramatic natural surroundings. These are traditional Scottish isles with a character quite distinct from the rest of Scotland, where the ancient Gaelic language is still spoken, and with a friendly old-fashioned feel.
Stornoway on the isle of Lewis is the largest town and the 'capital' of the Western Isles, easily accessible from Ullapool on the mainland. These settlements have an fascinating maritime heritage and a thriving Celtic culture just waiting to be discovered.