Top things to do in Outer Hebrides

Top Choice Scottish in South Harris

Machair Kitchen

The restaurant in this community centre and art gallery enjoys a stunning location, with views across the sea to the island of Taransay, and an outdoor deck that makes the most of any sunny weather. The menu include…
Top Choice Beach in South Harris


Luskentyre is one of the biggest and most beautiful beaches in Scotland, famed for its acres of low-tide white sands and turquoise waters. A minor road leads along the northern side of the bay to a parking area besi…
Top Choice Bistro in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Digby Chick

A modern restaurant that dishes up bistro cuisine such as haddock and chips, slow-roast pork belly or roast vegetable panini at lunchtime, the Digby Chick metamorphoses into a candlelit gourmet restaurant in the eve…
Top Choice Scottish in North Uist ( Uibhist A Tuath)

Langass Lodge Restaurant

One of the best restaurants in the Outer Hebrides, Langass Lodge complements the best of local seafood, beef and game with vegetables and herbs grown in its own organic garden. You can eat in the atmospheric, candle…
Top Choice Cafe in South Harris

Skoon Art Café

Set halfway along the Golden Road, this neat little art gallery doubles as an excellent cafe serving delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes and desserts (try the gin-and-tonic cake).
Historic Building in Lewis (Leodhais)

Arnol Blackhouse

One of Scotland’s most evocative historic buildings, the Arnol Blackhouse is not so much a museum as a perfectly preserved fragment of a lost world. Built in 1885, this traditional blackhouse – a combined byre, barn…
Historic Site in Callanish (Calanais)

Callanish Standing Stones

The Callanish Standing Stones, 15 miles west of Stornoway on the A858 road, form one of the most complete stone circles in Britain. It is one of the most atmospheric prehistoric sites anywhere. Sited on a wild and s…
Landmark in Lewis (Leodhais)

Butt of Lewis

The Butt of Lewis – the extreme northern tip of the Hebrides – is windswept and rugged, with a very imposing lighthouse, pounding surf and large colonies of nesting fulmars on the high cliffs. There’s a bleak sense …
Castle in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Lews Castle

The Baronial mansion across the harbour from Stornoway town centre was built in the 1840s for the Matheson family, then owners of Lewis; it was gifted to the community by Lord Leverhulme in 1923. A major redevelopme…
Castle in Barra (Barraigh)

Kisimul Castle

Castlebay takes its name from the island fortress of Kisimul Castle, first built by the MacNeil clan in the 11th century. A short boat trip (weather permitting) takes you out to the island, where you can explore the…