Walk of the Week: a scramble up Rueval, Benbecula

If you climb just one hill in the Outer Hebrides, this should be the one.

St Kilda

The most remote archipelago in the British Isles, St Kilda resonates with images of epic travel, of an exotic island hard to reach but which rewards those who venture there with the experience of a lifetime. St Kilda comprises five islands plus attendant sea stacks and is positioned 45 nautical miles due west of Leverburgh…

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…


Evocative, haunting and believed to be older than both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza, the standing stones of Callanish are by some distance the most visited site in the Outer Hebrides. The west coast of Lewis is the most visited part of the Outer Hebrides, visitors flocking – a relative term here – to…

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 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.