Rich Record to Explore
The Outer Hebrides or perhaps the Gaelic 'Na h-Eileanan an Iar' (for a lot of of locals, Gaelic is their very first language) include 130 miles of numerous large and little countries - from Lewis and Harris into the north to Uist and Barra in the south.
Harris may be the southern region of Lewis and is your home of Harris Tweed. Lewis is characterised by peat bogs when you look at the north, mountains, lochs and sandy shores on its west shore.
North Uist is characterised by many lochans. The landscape in Southern Uist is hilly with great white sandy shores and machair.
These islands may be accessed by ferry or by plane to airports at Stornoway, Benbecula and Barra. Ferries operate from Ullapool to Stornoway, Uig (Skye) to Lochmaddy in North Uist and Tarbert on Harris, and from Oban to Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on Southern Uist.
Sheep Pasture from the Isle of Harris
The tradition within the north is profoundly influenced by powerful Protestant beliefs with every little thing shutting upon Sundays whereas the Roman Catholic south is less limiting about observing the Sabbath while the ingesting of alcohol. The Western Isles has actually a fascinating record demonstrated by Neolithic standing rocks, Viking place-names and evidence of the Clearances.