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Visiting The Scottish Hebrides

The Hebrides Isles are a small group of islands found off the West coast of Scotland.  The islands of the Inner and Outer Hebrides have been inhabited since the Mesolithic period and throughout their history the culture and language has been immensely influenced by numerous races and today the Hebridean culture is a blend of Norse, Celtic, English and Scottish influences. The majority of folk speak in the Gaelic language and although many speak English, it is commonly their 2nd language. In the past visits to the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles were only for people with plenty of money and those who had plenty of time. In modern times it is far to travel to the Outer Hebrides, you can travel by car and ferry or even fly to a number of destinations on the islands. Sadly you can not get all of the way by rail although you can travel to the coast and then travel by coach for the rest of the journey. Sometimes the only problem that can turn up is arranging accommodation especially if  you are searching for group accommodation on Harris which is often fully booked up.

One of the main reasons people visit the Western Isles/Outer Hebrides is that the islands culture and landscape are stunningly unique.  On the Isle of Harris you will discover some of the finest beaches in the whole of Scotland, and many folk believe the whole of the U.K. Every now and again you will see a standing stone on the Harris coastline but it is on the Isle of Lewis that you will see the most astounding standing stones at Calanais not far away from Stornoway the principal town in the Western Isles. The Calanais standing stones is said to be second only to Stonehenge in England.

Deciding which island, Harris or Lewis, to stay on is often difficult and more and more people are deciding to spend a few days on each. Bed & breakfast on the Isle of Lewis is frequently easier to find than Isle of Harris accommodation, to avoid any problems book early.

Bed & breakfast accommodation in Stornoway is is very easy to find but again to be safe ensure you book in advance. Nearly all accommodation in the Western Isles/Outer Hebrides is high quality and the hospitality is unbeatable and the local people friendly and helpful.

Besides the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris there are a few other islands that are extremely easy to visit. The most commonly visited are North and South Uist, Barra and Eriskay and you will find a ferry which runs from North Uist to the Isle of Harris at the small South Harris village of Leverburgh.

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