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Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebrides lay some 30 miles to the west of the Scottish mainland and must be one of the most adventurous holiday experiences available in the UK. This chain of islands is totally unspoilt by the modern world and one of the last true refuges for nature. Here you’ll find wonderful white sandy beaches, rugged mountainous landscapes, open moorland and crashing seas.

The Outer Hebrides archipelago actually consists of 200 interconnected islands with some 15 of them inhabited; in fact human settlements on these islands can be traced back 6,000 years. Collectively there are 55 sites of special scientific interest and three nature reserves in the Outer Hebrides; internationally recognised for their environmental and cultural importance.

The island terrain can vary throughout the archipelago, ranging from the mountains on Harris to lower lying Lewis. Stornoway, the largest settlement in the Outer Hebrides, is situated in Lewis and there are also fishing villages on the north west coast. The island has some wonderful empty beaches and a fascinating ancient history; one of the most notable examples being the Standing Stones of Callanais, which is older than Stonehenge, the stones have stood here for approximately 5000 years.

To the south the Uists are notable for their brilliant white beaches; there are three nature reserves here and the Lochmaddy special area of conservation, so needless to say these islands are great for nature watching. The Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre for visitors to North Uist is an award-winning cultural attraction offering a variety of events, including films, photography and sculptural exhibits and some fantastic displays of local heritage.

The seas here are teeming with marine life and boats can be chartered locally or you can join one of the organised wildlife cruises. Of particular interest is the incredible Nature Reserve, National Scenic Area and World Heritage site of St Kilda. This island rock rises out of the sea and was once home to human settlers but now houses the largest colony of seabirds in northern Europe.

Getting to these islands is not as difficult as you may think; there are regular ferry services and flights from the mainland and an excellent inter-island ferry service if you fancy a little island hopping.

If you’re ready for one of Britain’s great holiday experiences take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in the Outer Hebrides.
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  • Hollyburn

    Crulivig, Isle of Lewis

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 4711

    Detached bungalow peacefully situated on the totally unspoilt and less populated west coast of the island, overlooking the sea to the Isle of Bernera, 21 miles from Stornoway. Bright, spacious, easy to manage modern holiday accommodation. Surrounded by open countryside, heather moors, hills and just yards from the seashore. The area has magnificent sunsets, superb trout and salmon fishing, wildlife and walking and fantastic opportunities for bird watching. Several sandy beaches, one within 5 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub/restaurant 10 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Split level dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH included (£35per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Garden/patio and chairs. Parking.

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  • Caberfeidh

    Marvig, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26177

    Set in the beautiful, tranquil village of Marvig with sea views, this traditional detached holiday cottage is ideal for those wishing to unwind and explore the Western Isles. The islands are renowned for their magnificent clean, white sandy beaches which are usually deserted. Historical sites to visit include Callanish Standing Stones, St Clements Church, the Iron Age settlement at Bosta, or one of the Old Blackhouses. Birdwatching, fishing, cycling, surfing, sailing and walking are available locally. The bustling town of Stornoway is only 26 miles away. Shop 10 miles, pub and restaurant 16 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Landing area with seating. Snug. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both have sloping ceilings.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Old Croft House

    Back, near Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: UK5176
    Old Croft House has been beautifully converted into a most comfortable, spacious, detached property that ensures all homely comforts are accounted for, making it a truly blissful holiday accommodation.

    The property is situated in the crofting township of Back, which lies just 7 miles from Stornoway on the Island of Lewis. The town offers a wide range of shops, galleries, restaurants, a sports centre that offers a wide range of facilities, a museum, golf course and the list goes on. The fabulous stretches of pristine white beaches of Back and Gress are just a few minutes’ walk from Old Croft House, and the River Gress runs nearby, teaming with salmon, sea trout and brown trout.

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, the property is in an ideal location for exploring all of the island – there are many historic sites nearby, which include the famous Callanish Stones, Carolway Broch and Arnol Blackhouse to name but a few. The area is very popular with birdwatchers, and you can take a boat trip to spot dolphins, puffin colonies on the Shiants, the Flannan Isles or the World Heritage Site of St Kilda.

    The stark natural beauty is profoundly compelling, a mosaic of navy-blue waters, lush greenery and dark skies that’ll have you aching to return time and again. Beach 400 yards. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living room 1: With 32" Smart Freeview TV, CD player and beams.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave/oven/grill combi, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and beams.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
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    First Floor: Living room 2: With open fire, 46" Smart Freeview TV, blu-ray player and a selection of games.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed and 2ft 6in single bed (for child).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and coal for open fire included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.Large garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and gas BBQ. Landscaped grounds. Bike store. Car port for 1 car, additional private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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