Islands – Places of Interest

Every summer, in villages large and small throughout the Western Isles, community groups open the doors of village halls and community centres to welcome visitors and provide information about amenities and activities in the area.

What To Do

When you get to the islands ask about other events: you may be able to find a ceilidh (pronounced ‘kay-lee’) where you will hear traditional Gaelic music and singing, piping recitals, highland dancing competitions, or you can visit exhibitions, galleries, and workshops. There are also many different types of local crafts producers whom you can visit as you travel around

Accommodation Booking Service

To book accommodation through the Western Isles Tourist Board

  1. deposit of 10% of the total cost of your stay is required to secure your booking. This can be taken either by credit card or by cheque

  2. Once your accommodation has been provisionally booked, we will send you details. If your deposit is being taken by credit card, the booking can be confirmed on notice from you that the provisional booking(s) made are satisfactory

  3. If you are paying your deposit by cheque, the booking can only be confirmed on receipt of the cheque

  4. In the event of cancellation, the 10% deposit is not refundable. A deposit will, however, be refunded in the event of the Tourist Board being unable to confirm the booking

  5. The area covered by the accommodation booking scheme is the Western Isles, i.e. the Isles of Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra

  6. Where the exact accommodation requested cannot be found, an alternative will be offered wherever possible

  7. Every effort will be made to ensure that the accommodation booked is of a satisfactory standard, but the Western Isles Tourist Board does not accept responsibility for accommodation standards. Difficulties of this nature, should they arise, must be resolved directly between visitor and establishment

  8. No guarantee is given that a booking can be completed

Journeys as great as the destinations.

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Planning a memorable holiday made easy

If you are planning a holiday, whether it be a family vacation, a quick getaway or a honeymoon, you’ll want to make it as memorable as possible for everyone involved. You’ll need to consider flights, accommodation, food and planned activities. Some of these are easier to arrange than others, but thought and effort will still be required to make it an eventful trip.

One essential that you’ll not want to be without is a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Should the unexpected happen, you’ll be safe in the knowledge that you have cover to protect you from any financial losses you may suffer. These could be for a multitude of reasons, such as delayed or cancelled flights, problems with the accommodation, being the victim of theft or needing urgent medical attention. There is a long list of other things these policies cover, but these are just the most common examples. Buying cover doesn’t have to be expensive either, that’s where online comparison sites such as Utility Saving Expert come in handy. By simply entering a few details, you’ll be able to compare cover from a variety of travel insurance companies to help you find the best deal. Now, let’s get back to planning that holiday. Here are some practical tips you should be making use of.

Choose a destination

Globalisation and affordable air travel have meant that almost every country can be visited. The hard part – choosing a destination. You have to select a continent and then think about which country to visit. At this stage, it will be useful to shortlist a number of countries and research what each one has to offer. For example, the geography, historical landmarks and culture are good aspects to explore. If it’s a family holiday, you’ll be placing a larger emphasis on what activities are available for the children. Alternatively, if you’re just going as a couple, scenic views and relaxation will be at the forefront of your mind.

If you’re still unsure and finding it difficult to decide where your next trip will be, many people find it useful to search for ‘top holiday destinations’ online, this will give you a taste of what the most popular destinations are at any given moment. The internet has made things a lot easier, because now you can watch videos of what it’s like to visit in high definition beforehand. This wasn’t possible two decades ago, as you would normally have to heavily rely upon images from magazines, which are often edited to make resorts seem more appealing.

Choose a date

Once you know where you want to go, you’ll now need to think about picking a suitable date. Consider your own schedule as well as when flights take place. Remember that travel during Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays will need to be booked well in advance, as these are very popular times, especially for families with children. Also consider how long you want to go for. Is it a quick weekend getaway, a two-week vacation, or an extended cruise ship tour around the world?

It goes without saying that the longer you go for, the more expensive it will be. This is because accommodation will need to be booked for additional days/weeks. However, if your schedule is flexible and you don’t have to worry about things like when the school holidays are starting, you can save a great deal of money during off peak periods. Expect to save around 50% on flights and accommodation. Last minute deals are another option worth thinking about, as some European flights can be bought for less than £30.

Plan what you’re going to do

You now know when and where you’re going. Now you’ll need to plan what you’ll actually be doing once you arrive at your destination. This is where a quick internet search will help you tremendously. There are a number of articles and blogs out there from those documenting their experiences and what they recommend you do and see.

The number of historical landmarks and tourist spots you can see will largely depend on how long you’re going for. Remember to check a map to see how far each destination is from your accommodation. Also check what public transport is available, as you’ll get tired from walking hours every day. One tip some travellers suggest is to check if your current mobile network provider allows you to use your data overseas. This will make navigating a new town or city far easier.

Save as much as you can

Although holidays are relatively affordable with increasing competition in the tourism industry. You’ll still need to save up and budget for your next trip. To do this, you’ll have to calculate what the total cost will be, and then set money aside in a savings account each month to meet this goal. It’s better to save extra, as this will ensure you don’t miss out on an experience which you haven’t planned for while you’re there.

Another idea is, do you want to book each part of the holiday separately, or opt for an all-inclusive vacation?

Hopefully by now, you’ve got a good understanding of what it takes to plan a memorable holiday. We hope you have a safe and exhilarating trip.

Best places to visit in the Outer Hebrides

For those wondering what in the world is the Outer Hebrides, well they’re commonly known by us all as Long Islands! Aaah, Long Islands – that sounds familiar! It’s currently one of the trending tourist destinations with tourists flocking the most known (and unknown too) places here! What’s in store here, in Long Island that you can visit and enjoy? Let’s take you through a tour!

St. Clement’s Church:
The architectural wonder, made entirely of stone, stands tall in the Outer Hebrides. The church dates back to the 15th century and is remarkably well-preserved for its age. Though repairs and maintenance is a common routine here, that hasn’t spoilt the charm of this church by even an inch. On the outer walls of this church, look out for a carved Sheila-na-gig, a pagan goddess of fertility.


The Callanish Stones:
Dating back to around 5000 years, The Callanish Stones have a great deal of history associated with them. They’re also commonly referred to as the Stonehenge of Scotland! There are numerous stories associated with the presence of these stones right in the middle of the green expanse of land. While no one really knows which story is true, all you can do is visit this picturesque place for a stunning photo-shoot!

One of the famed and loved beaches of Long Island, this beach is sure to win your heart the moment you step on it. Calm and peace are all that prevails on the expansive stretches of land of this beach, with only the sound of waves crashing on the beach adding to the music of the calmness. Don’t judge the beach from the entrance – you’ll have to walk inside towards it to get a full picture of the fantastic frame this beach offers.


Harris Tweed and Knitwear:
If you’re out on a shopping spree while in Long Island, don’t miss out on this little shop Harris tweed and Knitwear, which has astonishingly brought in modernity to the traditional art of knitting. While you may not want actually to purchase anything, this place is still worth a visit! Also a great place to take back little souvenirs for your loved ones.

Kisimul Castle:
Don’t give this little palace a miss in any case. Make sure you visit in the mornings, you’ll be pleased with the weather as well as the views. A short boating trip is all you need to get to this palace – and you’re free to have a full-fledged photo session after you’re done exploring the nooks and corners of this place!