Outer Hebrides

The village of Leverburgh is named after Lord Leverhulme (creator of Sunlight Soap, and founder of Unilever), who bought Lewis and Harris in 1918. He had grand plans for An t-Ob, as Leverburgh was then known – it was to be a major fishing port with a population of 10,000 – but the plans died with him in 1925 and the village reverted to a sleepy backwater.

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Nearby Outer Hebrides attractions

1. Seallam! Visitor Centre

2.19 MILES

The culture and landscape of the Hebrides are celebrated in the fascinating exhibition at Seallam! Visitor Centre (Seallam is Gaelic for ‘Let me show you’…

2. St Clement’s Church

2.89 MILES

At the southernmost tip of the east coast of Harris stands the impressive 16th-century St Clement’s Church, built by Alexander MacLeod of Dunvegan between…

3. Talla na Mara

6.03 MILES

Opened in 2017 as a community enterprise, this beautiful modern building houses several artists' studios and an exhibition space that displays works…

4. Luskentyre

7.77 MILES

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…

5. Clò Mòr

10.84 MILES

The Campbell family has been making Harris tweed for 90 years, and this exhibition (behind the family shop) celebrates the history of the fabric known in…

6. Isle of Harris Distillery

11.81 MILES

This distillery started production in 2015, so its first batch of single malt whisky will be ready in 2019; meanwhile, it's producing Isle of Harris gin,…

7. Taigh Chearsabhagh

13.01 MILES

Taigh Chearsabhagh is a museum and arts centre that preserves and displays the history and culture of the Uists, and is also a thriving community centre,…

8. Bharpa Langass & Pobull Fhinn

17.18 MILES

A waymarked path from a car park off the A867, 6 miles southwest of Lochmaddy, leads to the chambered Neolithic burial tomb of Bharpa Langass and the…