The Outer Hebrides, also called the Western Isles, are the most westerly edges of the British Isles, and home to a treasure trove of species including puffins, golden eagles, basking sharks, minke whales and otters.
Being on the edge of the Atlantic, these unique islands offer wild landscapes and some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Europe. The deserted white stretches of sand and turquoise waters are the perfect setting for a thrilling range of water activities! You can book a vast range of activities with experienced and skilled guides to help you find the perfect spots, learn techniques, and ultimately to have the most fun!
The ancient landscapes of these remote Hebridean islands are bursting with dramatic views, historical sites of interests, traditional blackhouses, castles and brochs.
Each of the islands stretching from Barra in the south to Lewis in the north offer very different landscapes to enjoy, from hill walking and rock climbing to long distance trails and cycling routes.
Some wild and wet activities include:
- Kite Surfing the waves in Lewis, Harris and Uist
- Sea kayaking rugged and serene coastlines
- Canoeing inland lochs and water-ways
- Wildlife Boat Trips to uninhabited islands and open waters
- Sailing across the Minch
- Guided open water wild swimming
- Guided snorkelling and diving in rich marine waters
- Cruise Holidays on catered boats
- River, loch and sea fishing
- Boat trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St Kilda
Some land-based activities include:
- Guided inland walks, including the Hebridean Way
- Coastal walks and cliff-edge explorations
- Wildlife watching some of Scotland’s most loved species
- Guided gravel biking trails across mixed terrain
- Road-cycling experiences with ever-changing views to keep you motivated
You can spot some of Scotland’s best nature and wildlife
- Fascinating flora and fauna
- Hear (or maybe even see) the elusive corncrake in the machair
- Atlantic grey seals and the important pupping site at Monach Islands
- Europe’s largest colony of seabirds at the World Heritage UNESCO site of St Kilda
- Spot from land or at sea puffins, basking sharks, minke whales, otters and magnificent golden eagles
- Visit the RSPB Balranald Nature Reserve with sandy beaches, rocky foreshore, marshes and sand-dunes to see many wading and farmland birds
- Book sightseeing and wildlife boat trips to special spots in the Hebrides
Book amazing Outer Hebrides experiences with our passionate Wild Scotland members so you can explore responsibility, pick up fun new skills and have memorable adventures.
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