The Scottish Outer Hebrides: A Guide

If you really want to get away from it all then you cannot do much better in the UK than a trip to the Outer Hebrides. These outermost western islands of Scotland are the perfect place to enjoy a camping adventure on what can feel like the edge of the world. Tranquil white beaches, rugged landscapes and a fascinating history make these islands an amazing place to visit.

Barra and Vatersay

Barra and Vatersay are now the most southerly inhabited islands of the Outer Hebrides island chain and the most westerly reaches of the UK. The community here is said to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming in the country and if that were not enough incentive to visit, Barra has also recently come first in a 'Most Beautiful Island' competition. White beaches, and Kisimul Castle, on a rocky islet just off Castlebay are amongst the attractions here. Vatersay is joined to Barra by a causeway. You can reach Barra by ferry from Oban, or from other islands in the Hebrides or fly in to Barra's amazing beach airport.

The Uists and Benbecula

If you have started your adventure on Barra, you could then take the ferry north to Eriskay. This island is best known as the setting for the story behind the novel, later a famous Ealing Comedy, 'Whisky Galore'. The stunning white sands of this island were also where Bonnie Prince Charlie set foot on Scottish soil.

A causeway from Eriskay will lead you to South Uist. South Uist offers hillwalking and other outdoor adventure for the keen camper, as well as an interesting range of flora and fauna. Next comes the Isle of Benbecula, where the spectacular scenery is woven with myth. Follow in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie or visit intriguing Borve Castle.

Driving north you can cross Grimsay to visit North Uist, more breathtaking scenery, beautiful Atlantic beaches, bird reserves and cultural attractions. Drive as far north as you can drive on this island grouping, to see the stunning island of Berneray.

Harris and Lewis

Harris is an island whose shifting, magical scenery must be seen to be believed. You can drive the amazing 'Golden Road' to see a gloriously winding stretch of this land and sea scape. Discover the stories and traditions of this island on the edge and perhaps take home a piece of Harris Tweed.

Heading north, Lewis offers a dramatic, sweeping landscape over which the wind whistles. Beautiful beaches show the full force of Atlantic waves and crofting communities show you what life must have been like over the century for the tough and determined people who made their home here. Lewis is an exciting place of great contrasts and adventure, a place where adventurous campers can find a retreat from ordinary existence.

A camping holiday in the Outer Hebrides is an adventure that will stay with you for a long, long time.