Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis (which is the north part of Lewis and Harris island in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. Photo by Chmee2.
What are The 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? 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.
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).
There are superb beaches in the south of the Isle of Harris though inevitably the water is unbearably cold. Photo by Steve Carter.
Portree fishing village on the Isle of Skye. Photo by Markus Bernet.
Grey seals feeling at home on the Isle of Skye. Photo by Nevit Dilmen.
The Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye. Photo by Steve Carter.
The Cuillin Hillsare 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. The best routes start on the south side and are accessible only by boat from Elgol. Cuillin Walks.
The Scottish White House, in Mull, a newer version of the black house which was the traditional Highland and Hebridean dwelling for centuries. Photo by Steve Carter.
A traditional Isle of Mull hotel. Photo by Steve Carter.
Tobermory, Mull Island. Photo by Steve Carter.
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.