Stretching 130 miles from Lewis and Harris in the North down through North Uist, Berneray and Benbecula and on to South Uist, Barra, Eriskay and Vatersay in the South, the Western Isles, also known as the Outer Hebrides, have a history and tradition which is steeped in the Gaelic language and culture.

These islands, on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, have been inhabited for over six thousand years and offer an unspoiled natural environment, rolling moorland, dramatic scenery, miles of white sandy beaches, a diversity of birdlife, flora and fauna, numerous archaeological sites of interest, a sense of history and a vibrant and distinctive culture and way of life.

Each island has its own story to tell and each offers a range of leisure and sports activities including watersports, fishing, walking, golf, climbing and abseiling. Local history museums, galleries, arts centres and visitor attractions allow the visitor to discover more about the Western Isles, and to view to the work of local arts and crafts producers.

Accommodation is Quality Assured under the auspices of the Scottish Tourist Board and is available to suit all requirements. A focus on the natural larder of the Western Isles is evident in the many restaurants, cafes and tearooms throughout the islands. Investment in the transport infrastructure means that inter-island travel is easy to organise and is co-ordinated by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council).

These then are the Western Isles where “Failte” means a warm Gaelic welcome.