Where is the Outer Hebrides located?
The Outer Hebrides, otherwise known as the Western Isles, are situated on the north west coast of Scotland, on the far north west edge of Europe.
How to travel to the Outer Hebrides
There’s are a variety of ways to travel to the Outer Hebrides. You can choose to fly to either Stornoway or Barra and pick up a hire car or, take your own car and travel via Calmac ports at Oban, Uig or Ullapool. You can also travel the Hebrides by bike following the Hebridean Way or if you like a challenge you could try the Hebridean Walking Way.
What is the weather like in the Outer Hebrides?
The weather in the Outer Hebrides is very changeable all year round so come prepared for sun, wind, and rain! The average temperature in April – September in the Hebrides range from 10° – 18°.
When is the best time to avoid midges in the Outer Hebrides?
In the Outer Hebrides, midges are not a huge issue as the breeze from the Atlantic often keeps them at bay. For the few days that they do come out, you may want to use a midge repellent. If you are visiting the Isle of Skye, midges can be more prevalent later in the summer.
How do I plan an island hopping holiday in the Outer Hebrides?
By contacting Hebridean Hopscotch Holidays! All of our travel advisors live in and love the Outer Hebrides and are best placed to guide you through your holiday options. We have example itineraries on our website and in our brochure which are completely flexible and can be tailor made to suit your individual requirements. You can fill in our online holiday planner with your ideas and suggestions and we can arrange for a no obligation quotation to be emailed to you.
Is cash or card readily accepted in the Outer Hebrides?
Both card and cash are accepted throughout the islands, however we suggest that you always carry a small amount of cash with you as you never know what treats you may find on the roadside in the many honesty boxes you may come across.
Can I take my pet on holiday with me?
Small dogs are accepted at a number of properties we work with, please contact our holiday advisors for more information.
What is open on a Sunday in the islands?
In the Isle of Lewis and Harris, most shops stay closed on a Sunday, but some restaurants are open along with Engebrets Filling station for limited hours. In South Uist and the Isle of Barra, more shops may be open, please see visitouterhebrides for more details. Outdoor sites, such as the Callanish Standing Stones and Butt of Lewis lighthouse are always open however, the visitor centre will be closed. Please note there is no public transport on a Sunday throughout the Outer Hebrides.