The Western Iles

  The Western Isles (na h-Eilean an Iar)

Standing stones of Callanish
Western Isles
Also known as The Outer Hebrides, travel the length of the islands from Oban or, explore Harris and Lewis from Uig in Skye or Ullapool. With stunning beaches, spectular monuments and a unique culture this is the last bastion of Gaelic speaking Scotland.

The ferries and routes through the islands
via Oban (Argyll and Bute) - Barra - Eriskay - South Uist - Benbecula - North Uist - Bernera - Harris - Lewis - Ullapool
via Uig (Isle of Skye)  -  North Uist or Harris - Lewis - Ullapool
via Ullapool (Wester Ross)   - Stornoway

The Outstanding Scenery of Harris

Despite the names Harris and Lewis are not separate Islands.
Harris Tweed must be hand woven by individual crofters on the Islands in order to receive the orb symbol

Walking on the Moon - Roineabhal and the outcrops around Lingerabay are made up of a particularly unusual type of igneous rock known as anorthosite, which is white in colour, and consists almost entirely of feldspar. Anorthosite is rare in Britain, but is very common on the Moon!
Harris Tweed Orb

Lickisto Campsite, The Bays, Loch Stocknish, Harris

Lickisto, Harris
John and Harvey's Lickisto Campsite featured on 'Build a New life in the Country.' Their aim is to keep it small, friendly and as near to nature as possible...wild camping, individual pitches with good facilities. "We are on the east side of Harris, facing the Minch,and are more sheltered than the west Atlantic side of the island."

Yurts: available for hire with woodburners, running water, futons (with duvets and linen), gas stove, carpets and candles provided.

Camping: includes; use of Blackhouse, free showers and fresh bread every day (eggs when the chooks supply) close to good walking, fishing, beaches and solitude we provide a 'basic,' natural campsite, access to an original 'blackhouse,' with heather thatch,underfloor heating and a peat fire. There are 3 toilets and 3 showers

Barra and the Uists
Scheduled planes land on the beach at low tide on Barra. 'Machair' is the extensive low-lying fertile plain fringing the Atlantic side of the Outer Hebrides. It only occurs under certain climatic, physical and landform conditions when sand and shells are blown inland onto a low-lying plain proving a riot of colour from wild flowers. It is one of the rarest habitat types in Europe.
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