The Hebrides, Scotland
The Scottish Hebrides, Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. Photo by Chmee2.
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).
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.
Isle of Skye
Portree fishing village on the Isle of Skye. Photo by Markus Bernet.
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.
Isle of Mull
A traditional Isle of Mull hotel. Not really, more of a boat house. 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.