THE OUTER HEBRIDES
Explore the islands of Barra, Uist, Lewis and Harris with their remote villages, white sand beaches and crystal clear Caribbean blue waters.
The Outer Hebrides offer some of the finest cruising waters in the world with jaw-dropping scenery and outstanding wildlife. Comprised of 12 inhabited islands, and countless uninhabited, there is plenty to explore and when cruising these waters we love to show guests the different personalities that each offer.
The isle of Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands and is famed for its beauty. It is a land of gorgeous white sandy beaches, picturesque hills and swathes of machair and moorland. Ancient castles dot the landscape including the medieval Kisimul Castle, the ‘Castle in the Sea’ which perches dramatically on a rocky islet in Castlebay. Barra is a truly special place to visit and a firm favourite with many guests.
Lying to the north are the stunningly beautiful Uist isles, surrounded by crystal clear waters with soft white sandy beaches along the southern coast. Uist is the perfect place to escape from modern life, with miles of empty coastline, quiet roads and, inland, a wilderness of hills and moorland. The islands are a wildlife haven and birdlife here abounds, the grey seal colony off the west coast of north Uist is the largest breeding colony in Europe whilst keen-eyed visitors may spot the elusive otters who thrive on the peace and quiet here.
Onwards we arrive at the Isles of Harris and Lewis, the most northerly of the Outer Hebrides. Offering spectacular scenery and an unspoilt atmosphere, these ancient islands provide a peaceful tranquillity and during the summer months, are flooded with colourful wildflowers. Keep binoculars at the ready; deer roam the high grounds whilst otters, seals, eagles and dolphins are a regular sighting.