Lewis, Harris, The Outer Hebrides

The Hebridean archipelago stretches for 130 miles off the far western coast of the Scottish mainland, hence they are also known as The Western Isles.

Stornoway Harbour

Stornoway Harbour

The largest of the islands is Lewis which is land-bridged to Harris, although they are very different in landscape and culture.  Lewis is also linked by bridge to Great Bernera, Harris has a bridge across to Scalpay.  If you set off early enough it is possible to take in all the islands in a day however you wouldn’t have time for any stops, or to truly explore places.  That’s the beauty of having a campervan, you aren’t on a timetable, you can linger where you want.

Making the most of a visit to the islands depends on what it is you want to experience. There is an abundance of historical sites, world famous beaches, wildlife and sea life. We have included a few suggestions for the different islands, but this is by no means a complete list.

Looking for your ancestors?  Many visitors to the islands come in search of their roots, searching the past, trying to knit together the story of descendants who forever called the Hebrides home.  Times past when families were split, loved ones having emigrated in search of new horizons. Find your roots, go to the villages, park up and spend as much, or as little, time as you want, you might even want to stay over; And what’s to stop you?

Canadian Boat Song

From the lone shieling of the misty island

Mountains divide us, and the waste of seas –

Yet still the blood is strong, the heart is Highland,

And we in dreams behold the Hebrides.

Anonymous

Uig, Isle of Lewis