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Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides (Credit: Airborne Lens)
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Outer Hebrides

The wonderfully scenic Outer Hebrides extend south from Lewis and Harris in the far north, down through the Uists to culminate in the twin delights of Vatersay and Barra, the latter with its much-loved castle and world-famous airstrip on the beach. Today, ferries and causeways connect all of the islands in this long chain including the six that make up the Uists alone: Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, Grimsay, North Uist and Berneray.

Throughout these islands, the scattered crofting townships are home to some of the most traditional Gaelic-speaking communities in the Highlands and Islands. The language can be heard here daily and is brought to life in music and dance at night-time ceilidhs throughout the year. Beyond this rich culture, the islands also boast some of the most unique scenery in Europe. From the hills of Harris, the moorlands of Lewis, the lochs of North Uist to the awesome fringe of Atlantic-facing, sandy beaches, this is a land that is nothing short of spectacular.

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Locations in Outer Hebrides