Outer Hebrides - At a glance


Outer Hebrides at a glance

Location 43 miles off the northwest Scottish mainland 57.76°N 7.02°W

Size 135 miles north–south by 35 miles east–west

Area 1,190 square miles

Islands 119 officially named, 14 inhabited

Heights Sea level to 2,621ft (799m)

Climate January 6°C; summer 14°C

Population 27,684

Density 23.26 people per square mile

Capital Stornoway

Status Unitary authority answering to both the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, part of both Scotland and the United Kingdom

Language English, Gaelic

Religion Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland, Roman Catholic

Currency Pound sterling

International telephone code +44

Time GMT (winter) GMT+1 (summer)

Electrical voltage 230V

Weights and measures Road signs in miles; elsewhere both metric and imperial widely used

Public holidays Same as mainland Scotland: January 1; January 2; Good Friday; early May bank holiday (1st Monday of month); spring bank holiday (last Monday of month); summer bank holiday (first Monday of August); St Andrew’s Day (November 30); Christmas Day; Boxing Day.

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Call the 85-year-old midwife: A bizarre birth in the Outer Hebrides

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The best places to see puffins

These endearing creatures are everyone's favourite North Atlantic bird.

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Beat the crowds at Stonehenge and experience the summer solstice at one of Britain's lesser-known stone circles. 

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