Outer Hebrides Travel Guide

Boasting some of the most stunning sandy beaches in the world, the Outer Hebrides is just waiting to be enjoyed by sun worshippers. The area consists of a collection of picturesque islands that can be reached by taking boat trips through the area and stretch along the western coast of northern Scotland for more than 130 miles. Nature lovers who have a strong sense of adventure will also find some excellent hiking trails here, while the larger islands in the Outer Hebrides feature plenty of accommodation options and amenities.

Things to see and do on the Outer Hebrides

One of the most popular activities in this part of Scotland is bird watching and there are plenty of great places for visitors to spot a diverse collection of fine feathered friends. Special guided bird watching tours are also available and provide visitors with a little extra information on the local bird population as well as access to some of the best bird watching spots in the Outer Hebrides.

Loch Druidibeg – Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Loch Druidibeg – a Scottish natural heritage.

Nature lovers are sure to be in their element when they follow the enchanting hiking trails that lead the way through Loch Druidibeg Nature Reserve. More than two hundred different species of flowering plants can be spotted here, while this large and lovely green zone is also teeming with wildlife.

Visitors who want the chance to get close and personal with the area’s seal population should book a boat trip around the island of Berneray. This is one of the most enchanting spots in the whole of the Outer Hebrides and boat trips can also be arranged to include water sports such as kayaking and canoeing.

Berneray – Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The graveyard at the Southern end of the island is now used instead of the one to the North on the slopes of Beinn Sheibhe.

One of the most enchanting stretching of sandy in the Outer Hebrides can be found on the island of Benbecula. Visitors will find plenty of space to spread out and soak up the sun on Benbecula beach and there are also stunning ocean views to enjoy here.

Bird watchers will want to make sure that they take the time to explore the Balranald RSPB Reserve, which can be found in the northern part of the island of Benbecula. The terrain here is generally flat and is scattered with several small lakes that attract a wide range of different bird species.

Climate conditions

The Outer Hebrides features a temperate climate and temperatures tend to be rather low throughout the year, while rainfall is common here. However, the area experiences long and dry days and the months of May to August tend to be the warmest and driest, which makes this a great time for visitors to explore.