A fine selection of hotels, B&Bs, inns, lodges and holiday cottages on and around the Western Isles. Includes accommodation on Stornoway and across the water on mainland Scotland and the Isle of Skye. Pictured is Seilebost Beach, Harris.
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Western Isles, Visitor & Tourism Guide

Outer Hebrides and Inner Hebrides
The Western Isles or Outer Hebrides. Local government uses the Gaelic name Nah-Eileanan Siar. Across The Minch, Little Minch and Sea of the Hebrides from mainland Scotland and the Inner Hebrides (islands such as Skye, the Small Isles, Mull, Jura, Islay).

Along with the Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands, the Western Isles are an archipelago or collection of islands. The main islands include Lewis and Harris, South Uist, North Uist and Barra.

UNESCO World Heritage and National Scenic Areas
To the west is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Kilda, a deserted island accessible by boat, yacht or cruise ship.

The Western Isles cover a number of Scotland’s National Scenic Areas. There is the South Lewis, Harris & North Uist NSA, the South Uist Machair NSA and the St Kilda NSA. ‘Machair’ is a low-lying fertile plain.

Places in which to base yourself
The most obvious destination is Stornoway on Lewis. Try also Tarbert on Harris or Lochmaddy on North Uist, Castlebay on Barra or Balivanich on Benbecula.

Mountains and Beaches
The western coastline of the islands is famous for its blond sand beaches. On Harris, try Seilebost with its mountainous backdrop and views across the Sound of Taransay or a little further along the coast Scarista Beach by Scarastavore. There are half a dozen fine beaches on that compact stretch of coastline.

History and culture
There are a number of exceptional prehistoric sites including the Callanish Standing Stones and the Iron Age Dun Carloway Broch.

Getting There
Most people arrive by boat from mainland Scotland (Ullapool to the north or Mallaig or Oban to the south) or from Uig on the Isle of Skye. Others fly from major UK airports such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Inverness to Stornoway (Lewis) or Benbecula (between North Uist and South Uist) or Barra.

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Callanish Standing Stones

Located in Callanish, Western Isles, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 12.3 miles away.

One of the most spectacular prehistoric sites in Scotland. Built around 2000BC. There's a visitor centre for the forty thousand or so visitors to the site...

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Dun Carloway Broch

Located in Western Isles, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 14.8 miles away.

An Iron Age drystone building on the Isle of Lewis, the northern part of Lewis and Harris within the Western Isles of Scotland. Built around the first century BC. Occupied until the early fourteenth century AD. Located a...

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Seilebost Beach

Located in Seilebost, Western Isles, The Highlands & Islands, Scotland

Approximately 31.3 miles away.

Beautiful sandy beach on the Isle of Harris, western Scotland. Mountainous backdrop. Harris is part of the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles of Scotland. Seilebost looks across at the small island of Taransay, where the BB...

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Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 46; Rates: £109 - £155 Per Night

Set within in its own attractive gardens, this modern 3-star hotel is ideally located on the outskirts of Stornoway, just across the road from the golf course leading onto historic Lews Castle grounds...

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Royal Hotel, Stornoway
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 26; Rates: £85 - £125 Per Night

Stornoway's most historic hotel, the Royal nestles in the heart of Stornoway, beside the marina, where you can relax, enjoy the hotel's cosy character and enjoy dining in our Boatshed Restaurant or in HS1, the town's 1st...

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Less than a mile away.

Rates: £395 - £789 Per Week

A warm Hebridean welcome awaits visitors to this very special Art Deco period town house set in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis a land steeped in history and culture. And with the recently reduced ferry tarrifs there'...

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