|Step out of the world and into The Hebrides ... the Western Isles offer a whole new experience in holidays. It's not just the miles of sandy beaches and outstanding beauty that make the Hebrides the perfect choice for a peaceful break, but a proud Celtic culture mixed with the unique warmth of the people who live there make this destination truly unique.
Across the Sound of Harris lie the islands of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. At the northern end of the Hebrides, the islands of Lewis and Harris are steeped in historical and archaeological interest. Harris has some of the most breathtaking beaches in Europe. Try your hand at fishing with Obbe Fishings in Leverburgh, Harris, or scenic cruises with H. Taylor in Flodabay Sail Hebrides gives young people the opportunity to try sailing and they organise a Maritime Festival for everyone to enjoy.
Golfers are catered for too, and as one of five courses throughout the islands, Harris Golf Club is a nine-hole course offering breathtaking views over the Atlantic. Stornoway, the only town in Lewis, is a bustling community with many fine hotels, restaurants and shops. Borgh Pottery is well worth a visit and Callicvol Quilts is not to be missed. For some beautiful handwoven tweed, go to Breanish Tweed and Scalpay Linen offers beautiful hand-made linen products
The Western Isles is the heartland of Gaelic music and arts culture, so a visit to the Harris Arts & Heritage Centre is a must for music lovers. Visit the Harbour View Gallery in Port of Ness, Lewis for a marvellous display of original art, or James Smith Photography in Brue for stunning photographs of the islands. The Seallam Visitor Centre in Harris is also well worth a visit. The Gearrannan Blackhouse village in Lewis is also a unique attraction, not to be missed.
The islands are a fantastic base for sporting holidays. Fishermen should contact Barra Fishing Charters or contact Stornoway Angling Association, cyclists should head for Alex Danís Cycle Centre in Stornoway for bike hire, sales and repair. The islands are a haven for walking and wildflife watching and visitors flock back every year. The Western Isles are a truly magical experience, never to be forgotten.