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The Outer Hebrides (or Western Isles) are a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland. The chain is part of the Hebrides and is separated from the mainland and the Inner Hebrides by the stormy waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. You should definitely visit the Outer Hebrides if you enjoy good scenery and the outdoors.
Geologically, the islands are almost entirely composed of ancient Pre Cambrian Lewisian Gneiss, representing some of the oldest rocks in Britain. The islands were scoured by glaciers and, away from the great expanses of heather moorland, which covers much of the centre of Lewis, the soils are often thin. Once heavily forested, the effect of human settlement has removed all of the natural woodland. In general the west coast is fertile and there is a strip of land called the machair just in from the coast that is rich in wild flowers. There are many sand dunes. The east of the islands is far less fertile. When the highland clearances took place to make way for sheep, many west coast settlements were destroyed and many of those who did not emigrate moved to a hard life on the eastern side.
The main towns, if you can call them all that are:
Loganair is the airline for the Outer Hebrides. It has flights from Glasgow to Barra, Benbecula and Stornoway. Stornoway is also reached from Edinburgh and Inverness.
Barra has the only beach landing in the United Kingdom.
Car ferries are listed below. There are no bridges from the mainland but it is possible to drive up many of the islands using bridges or causeways between them. It is well worth while for drivers who want to go to more than one island to look at Calmac's islandhopping
Caledonian Macbrayne run car ferries from Oban to Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on South Uist, from Ullapool to
Stornoway on Lewis and from Locbmaddy on North Uist or Uig on Skye to Tarbert on Harris.
We don't currently have any Travel Helpers for Outer Hebrides
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