The Outer Hebrides is an idyllic 130-mile-long chain of islands lying 30 miles off the west coast of Scotland - you'll need a ferry to get there of course, and rail is a great way to reach your embarkation point.
Oban (via the West Highland line from Glasgow) is perhaps the most obvious option, with ferries to Castlebay on Barra and Lochboisdale on South Uist. If you’re starting further north though, you could also journey to Kyle of Lochalsh, from where Skye is just across the bridge - and on Skye the port of Uig will give you another seaward route, this time to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris.
However you get there, you’ll be awestruck by the 200 of islands which make up this beautiful archipelago. Together they offer an irresistible mix of breathtaking scenery and wildlife along with a mesmerising history, vibrant culture and wonderful local produce. Enjoy the splendour of this rugged paradise, one of Britain’s last remaining wildernesses.
Discover the heritage of the region’s renowned Harris Tweed, smell the peat fire in a traditional blackhouse and savour locally-caught smoked salmon and shellfish. The Outer Hebrides’ ancient archaeological treasures will amaze you, with the world-famous Calanais Standing Stones believed to be older than the Pyramids of Giza.
So leave the cities behind and travel by rail and ferry to this unique and precious landscape - you’ll never forget it!
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To help plan your trip to the Outer Hebrides, VisitScotland provides more in-depth information here
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