The Scottish Western Islands or the Outer Hebrides are a chain of more than 100 islands and small skerries, and only 15 of them are inhabited. The main islands: Barra, Benbecula, Berneray, Harris, Lewis, North Uist, South Uist, St Kilda. The tranquillity of these isolated islands attracting many tourists every year.
Isle of Barra is a perfect place for cycling, the main road loops more than 10 miles around the island. It’s interesting that Barra Airport uses the beach as the runway, but it means that flight times vary with the tide.
Kisimul Castle is a small medieval castle, which sits on a rocky islet in the bay just off the coast of Barra. It can only be reached by boat.
Harris and Lewis are actually one and the largest island, it incorporates Harris in the south and Lewis in the north, both of which are referred to as individual islands. Lewis is a flat peat moor, and Harris are mostly rugged, with rocky peaks and beautiful beaches.
The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age.
The culture of the residents has been affected by the successive influences of Celtic, Norse, and English-speaking people. Gaelic is the first language for the majority of the Outer Hebrides islanders.