Forget the Caribbean: these are the best beaches in Orkney and the Outer Hebrides

These Scottish island chains are home to some of the most spectacular sands in the UK.

Island energy: championing female businesses in the Outer Hebrides

These Scottish islands have an absolute wealth of entrepreneurial women.

Lews Castle

The new island museum in Stornoway, Museum nan Eilean, offers stirring insights into Gaelic life and culture. Based on the ground floor of the castle, the Lews Castle Museum and Archive (Museum nan Eilean) opened in 2016 and, despite the rather unimaginative name, it represents a quantum leap for Stornoway. A series of galleries and…

Tràigh Mhòr

Flights here are something of a social occasion, attracting tourists and locals who sit on the grassy banks of the dunes behind the vast cockle strand. Tràigh Mhòr (Big Beach) airport is well named, and a landing here is high on the bucket list of aviation enthusiasts. Barra airport describes itself as ‘the world’s only commercial airport that…

Ness and the Butt of Lewis

Europe’s most northwesterly point on the tip of Lewis is a suitably wild and empty place. Ness is the name given to a large and sprawling collection of communities which amalgamate in the northwest corner of Lewis. Home to 1,100 inhabitants, it’s a surprisingly busy part of the island that runs for 3 miles both…


Luskentyre’s many bays offer a collage of colour and coastal scenery as magical as anywhere in the world. The first views of Luskentyre sands and the Sound of Taransay take your breath away. From the north, the spectacle opens up as you crest the A859 as it flicks west along a passage blasted out of…

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

Discover the true story behind Call the Midwife‘s Christmas special.

5 essential destinations on a fly-drive journey through the Outer Hebrides

Fly-drive travel maximises your time in the Outer Hebrides and allows you to experience the magic of landing on the beach at Barra’s one-of-a-kind airport.

Interview with Mark Rowe

We chat to Mark Rowe, author of our guide to the Outer Hebrides, about walking, wildlife, and his favourite place to eat on the islands. 

On the road in the Outer Hebrides

Join Mark Rowe, author of our new Outer Hebrides guide, as he shows us his highlights from a research trip to the islands.