Welcome to our Outer Hebrides travel guide! Plan and book your perfect holiday with local tips, places to stay, things to do, holiday inspiration & destination info.
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The Outer Hebrides are a group of islands off the west coast of Scotland. Famous for their incredible beaches, they are a popular Scottish holiday destination. Also known as the Western Isles or Na h-Eileanan an Iar in Gaelic, this chain of inter-connected islands lies off the north-west coast of Scotland. On these unique islands, Gaelic is still spoken by the majority of the population and crofting is a big part of Hebridean life.
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You can hire a car from a local car hire company. If you want to explore the islands by camper van, camper van hire available on the Outer Hebrides too such as Outer Hebrides Camper Van Hire.
If you prefer to travel without a car or fancy a day off from driving, there are several options including public transport.
There is a public bus service on the main islands. Bus timetables are available on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) website.
Cycling has grown in popularity on the quiet roads of the Outer Hebrides. Bring your own bike and use one of the bike and bag transfer services or cycle the Hebridean Way on an organised cycling tour. You can also hire a bike for a less demanding day tour. See our outdoor activities and sports section for cycling hire and bike tours and holidays
You can hire taxis on all the main islands. You might want to try:
If you love walking, the challenge of the Hebridean Way could be your ideal way to explore the islands.
We hope these tips for things to do on the Outer Hebrides have inspired you to start planning your holiday. Also on our website, you can find holiday accommodation on the Outer Hebrides and don’t forget to get your Outer Hebrides guide book from Amazon.
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