Scottish Hebrides Islands Pictures
Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis, Scottish Hebrides.
The Hebrides archipelago comprises the islands off the west coast of the Scottish Highlands. The Inner Hebrides are the islands closest to the mainland while the Outer Hebrides are, well, out there.
Best known of Outer Hebrides are The Isles of Lewis and Harris, which is actually one island with two names, or three if you use both names. Confused? Early onset Mad Cow? Don't worry, it's a cunning Scottish plan to confuse the English.
The most popular Inner Hebrides islands
are Skye and Mull, though the bugcrew are fond of Rhum and Eigg for breakfast, they make a great hangover cure.
Callanish (aka Calanais in Gaelic) is a village in west Lewis. The megalithic standing stones there are thought to have been erected between 2900 and 2600 BC for some kind of religious rituals. There are 50 stones arranged in the shape of a cross, with inner-circle stones reaching as high as 4m (12 ft).
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The Scottish White House, a newer version of the black house which was the traditional Highland and Hebridean dwelling for centuries.
A traditional Isle of Mull hotel. Kidding.
Tobermory, Mull Island.
Tobermory was originally a fishing port dating from 1788 and is now a pretty and vibrant tourist destination with lots of pubs and a distillery to ensure the pubs never run dry. It's home to the UK TV series 'Ballamory'.
Superb beaches in the south of the Isle of Harris. There is a ferry from one of the beaches that will take visitors to Taransay - famous for being the home of the British television series Castaway.
The Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye.
The Cuillin Hills are much loved by climbers, partly due to their composition of basalt and gabbro which offer excellent firm handholds, especially in the higher section known as Black Cuillin. Non-climbers can still reach most peaks if they're willing to scramble. And pant quite a lot. The best routes start on the south side and are accessible only by boat from Elgol. Cuillin Walks.
Photos © Steve Carter
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