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The Outer Hebrides
Why The Outer Hebrides Are Outer This World
Small, low-lying and utterly alluring islands joined by causeways and ferries, the Outer Hebrides are home to some of the world's finest beaches. So much so that a photo of one of them (Berneray) was recently used by the Thai tourist industry in an advertising campaign. The 150 mile drive / cycle to the Butt of Lewis is one of Britain's great journeys. Other highlights include the Callanish Stones on Lewis, the Golden Road on Harris, ludicrous beaches like Scarista, Luskentyre, Hosta and those on Vatersay and Barra, the latter also the site of the world's only scheduled flight whose runway is a beach (that’s sandy, surprisingly).
The Magnificent Landscapes Of The Outer Hebrides
How To Get To The Outer hebrides
Outer hebrides Maps & Guide(book)s
Outer Hebrides Inspiration
Some light reading: Sea kayaking in the Outer Hebrides (Sidetracked), Cycling the Outer Hebrides (Guardian), Family holiday in the Outer Hebrides and follow-up article offering travel advice (Telegraph), What life is like in the Outer Hebrides? (Quora). Film: Whisky Galore! (based on the book by Compton Mackenzie). Book: Peter May's Lewis Trilogy (and associated coffee-table photo-fest Hebrides).
Rush about like an uppity tourist (see this local joke about the Western Isles' attitude to time-keeping)
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