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The Western Isles of Lewis, Harris, Uists, Benbecula and Barra LEWIS (and Harris) has superb beaches on their western shores, shown on the maps on pages 2 & 5. One notable beach is at Uig, not just because of its extensive golden sands, but also because of a discovery of a Viking Chess set in a small stone chamber at the edge of the beach. Inside were 93 Chess pieces made of Morse Ivory, from the husks of Walrus teeth. On the opposite side of the bay to the shop, is an access point to the beach with toilets facilities. Further along the road is a small distillery called Abhainn Dearg, or Red River.

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ISLE OF GREAT BERNERA is a small island connected to Lewis by a bridge on the B8059. At Bostah in the north west, the island has a wonderful beach, and an ‘Iron Age’ village. One of the Iron Age houses has been superbly rebuilt, and entry is available during the summer. The island also has its own museum and cafe at Breacleit, situated within the community centre. The island has many antiquities including standing stones, duns and a restored Norse Mill.

GEARRANNAN BLACKHOUSE VILLAGE 7 Sited in an environment of outstanding natural beauty at Carloway on the Atlantic coast of the Isle of Lewis, this unique group of restored thatched cottages should be included in the itinerary of all visitors to the island. Step back in time, learn about and experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the last century. See traditional activities, including The weaving of the famous Harris Tweed. Buy some mementoes of your visit in the village shop and relax in the cafeteria where you can enjoy the best of home - made fare. Open from Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm throughout the summer season, but feel free to visit at any time. Admission charges and further information. Tel: 01851 643416. info@gearrannan.com www.gearrannan.com

CALLANISH STANDING STONES One of the most significant and important megalithic complexes in Europe. The most impressive set of stones is called Callanish 1 and the circle can be seen clearly from the main road (A858). It consists of rows of large pieces of Lewisian gneiss arranged in a cross shape. At the centre of the cross is a monolith and a small chambered cairn. Visitor Centre.

SEATREK is based in Uig on Lewis, one of the most beautiful locations in Britain. We offer unforgettable boat trips round the Hebrides. Our motor cruiser Lochlann provides the following day trips: St Kilda Day Cruise; Wildlife Expeditions; Evening Cruise; Flannan Isles; North Rona.

CALANAIS VISITOR CENTRE provides a range of facilities, incl. Cafe, Gift Shop, Art Gallery & toilets. We also promote a greater understanding of the majestic and enigmatic, world famous Calanais Standing Stones site via an interpretive display called the Story of the Stones. Open: April, May, Sept & Oct - Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm; June, July & August: 9.30am-8pm, Mon-Sat Nov-Mar Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm. Tel: 01851 621422. www.callanishvisitorcentre.co.uk

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Sea eagles and Lagoon Trips, Stacks trip. Land on an uninhabited island. All cruises provide the opportunity to see a range of wildlife including whales, dolphins, basking sharks, gannets, sea eagles and puffins. Check out our website: www.seatrek.co.uk or contact us on Tel: 01851 672469. BLUE PIG STUDIO CARLOWAY: The unique and exciting working studio and gallery of Jane and Peter Harlington. Original artwork and unusual gifts. A warm welcome awaits you in the Tiny tearoom. Blue bothy accommodation. Email: bluepigstudio@googlemail.com Tel: 01851 643225 www.janeharlington.co.uk Places to Visit

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CARLOWAY BROCH is located above Loch an Duin on a rocky knoll in a good defensive position. A Broch is an Iron Age structure designed to impress and defend, and were probably the homes of tribal leaders and important members of the community. They are built with two concentric walls of stone, with a stairway or gallery within the walls to the upper floors.The Broch at Carloway is one of the best preserved in the Hebrides and dates back over 2000 years. 11

DOUNE BRAES HOTEL BISTRO/RESTAURANT: Light meals served during the day with our full menu in the evening till late. Locally sourced produce including fish, shellfish & lamb on our menu. Homebaking served with a selection of teas and coffees, during the day. Tel: 01851 643252. A warm welcome awaits you. Email: hebrides@doune-braes.co.uk www.doune-braes.co.uk

THE LOCH ERISORT INN is situated midway between Stornoway and Tarbert, about 1.5 miles along the B8060 from Balallan. Home cooked meals, using local produce, including shellfish (when available), are served all day in the restaurant. There is also a well stocked and lively bar. The Inn is open 7 days a week, and food is served from 12 midday Monday to Saturday, and from 12.30 on Sundays. Tel: 01851 830473. www.locherisortinn.com

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Isle of Lewis - also on Page 1 CARLOWAY TO NESS Just north of Carloway is Leathad Ard garden, a hidden oasis of colour and open to the public, with donations to charity. See what can be done, even in an exposed location. Other points of interest are the Whale Bone Arch in the village of Bragar, the Trussel Stone, just north of Barvas and Steinacleit Stone Sets north of Shader. At the far north of Lewis are a range of attractions: the Ness Heritage Centre at North Dell, the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, the Port of Ness harbour and beach, Harbour View Gallery and a large play park.

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HEBRIDEAN EXCURSIONS Tour and Travel around the Outer Hebrides and the West Coast of Scotland. We will arrange to construct your very own unique holiday of Scotland and its Beautiful Islands from your pick up to your destination. It is all arranged for you. Tel: 01851 870 882 or 07909 112152 Email: john@hebrideanexcursions.co.uk www.hebrideanexcursions.co.uk

HARBOUR VIEW GALLERY: Original paintings, fine art prints and greeting cards by Anthony J Barber, capturing the moods and colours of the Scottish landscape. Work can be viewed at Harbour View studio gallery, Port of Ness, Isle of Lewis. The artist exhibits throughout UK,including RSW (Edinburgh) and RSMA (London). Work in private collections in the UK, Europe, USA & Australia. Email: info@abarber.co.uk. www.abarber.co.uk Tel: 01851 810735.

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COMUNN EACHDRAIDH NIS is situated in North Dell on the main A857. Based in the former Cross Primary School it includes an accredited museum featuring displays on various aspects of island life. The centre boasts a vast archive as well as genealogical records for the whole North Lewis area. The café is open from Tue to Fri 12-4pm and Sat from 11.30-3.30pm, however, hours may vary out of season. Museum and archive opening hours are 10am – 4pm Mon-Fri. A selection of books and gifts are available to buy. Tel: 01851 810377. www.cenonline.org

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LOCH CROISTEAN COFFEE SHOP & RESTAURANT Situated in the hills of Uig. An ideal place to stop for some home cooking in cosy surroundings. Have a relaxing cup of tea with home baking or choose from the all day menu, featuring a ‘Menu of the Day’ & light meals incl. vegetarian, vegan & children’s choices. Popular with locals & visitors alike, there are also the 4 course dinners on Fri & Sat evenings (pls book by phone). Summer hours: Mon to Sat. 12noon to 8pm. Winter hours: Wed to Sat.12noon to 8pm. Fri & Sat. Buffet dinner from 7:30pm. Tel: 01851 672772. lochcroistean@gmail.com

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UIG COMMUNITY SHOP: Award winning shop, STORNOWAY is the main town on the Isle of Lewis and is also 1 owned and run by the local BUNAVONEADER community. Well stocked the home of the Western Isles Council. Just over 6,000 people Islands licensed shop and post office with an extensive range liveShiant in the Wildlife Sitetown, which represents about a third of the total of Special of goods - fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, bread and dairy. population ARDHASAIG Interest of the island. Stornoway is the main port, due to its Groceries - fresh and frozen, wholefoods, ice-creams, sheltered location, with the ferry from Ullapool a regular visitor. RHENIGIDALE wines, beers, household goods, souvenirs, fishing 17 The sheltered 21 35 harbour is the reason for the towns’ existence URGHA KYLES tackle, gifts andTaransay seasonally local shellfish. Petrol/diesel and was named “Steering Bay” by the visiting Vikings, which, SCALPAY 30 TARBERT available during shop hours Mon-Sat and available out when phonetically translated, became the name Stornoway. CARNACH £ 21 of hours Mon-Fri LUSKENTYRE nights. Payment by debit/credit card. LEWS CASTLE Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive Lews Castle 28 Shop and Fuel closed Sundays. ATM inside shop - free (not Lewis Castle) was built in the mid 1800’s by a rich merchant called Sir 18 at point of use - accessible 29 Scalpay during shop hours only. Coin-operated laundrette MEAVAG James Matheson. Sir James bought the island of Lewis in 1844, developed SEILEBOST A859 commercial size washer and dryer. Wi-fi and video this wonderful woodland area and built his DRINISHADER 27 Harris conferencing facilities. Toilet/Baby Changing. Our Walkway 26 mock Tudor castle. Lord Leverhume bought the HORGABOST seated refreshment area provides a quality tea/ building, complete with the island, in 1918, and PLOCKRAPOOL 24 25 BORVE GEOCRAB coffee machine and microwave. Fresh rolls 19 made in 1923 gave it back to the people of Lewis. The SCADABAY GROSEBAY to order/hot soup take out/eat in. SCARISTA South ARDSLAVE castle has been used as a hospital in the Second CLUER We deliver orders! World War, and also as a college and school, MANISH Harris STOCKINISH Seallam! Uig on Skye Email: uigcommunityshop@gmail.com before Tobeing deemed unsafe. It is now being Visitor Centre 23 FLODABAY Tel: 01851 672444. www.uigcommunityshop.co.uk restored to be the new home for the museum. ARDVEY NORTHTON 16

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HAL O’ THE WYND CAFÉ Newly opened café Speciality - traditional fish and chips, mushy peas, tea, buttered bread (pre booking advisable). Open Daily 10.00am – evening (seasonal). Breakfast menu, superb coffees, teas, light lunches and home baking. Free Wi Fi. 2 Newton St, Stornoway, (just beside Tesco’s) Tel: 01851 706073. www.halothewynd.com

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HEBRIDEAN CELTIC FESTIVAL: 16 - 19 July 2014 Simply one of the most stunning settings for an International music festival, this multi-award winning event is an exhilarating mix of music set against the natural beauty and unique culture of the Hebridean islands. Fantastic supershows in the main arena in the grounds of Lews Castle and concerts and events around Lewis and Harris. Superb fun for all the family. Tickets and information from www.hebceltfest.com or Tel: 01851 621234.

ISLE OF HARRIS SPORTS CENTRE: Located in Tarbert, Harris, within the new Sir E.Scott School building. The Sports Complex offers first class facilities, including swimming pool, children’s pool, jacuzzi, sauna and fitness suite. To get the best out of the fitness suite, it is important that all customers undertake an introduction session - these can be booked at reception. Open all year, with limited opening days and times. For the latest information please check our Facebook page – Harris Sports Centre. For further details: Tel: 01859 502944. www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl/hearadh/index.asp

AN LANNTAIR meaning a lantern or beacon certainly is the hub for all the arts of the Outer Hebrides. Situated in Kenneth Street, Stornoway, the centre has display areas, a theatre, live events, workshops and is open to all residents and visitors alike. Come and join us to walk around our gallery, take in a live performance or workshop, or simply have a fine cup of coffee in our upper floor café overlooking Stornoway Harbour. www.lanntair.com Tel: 01851 703307.

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ENGEBRET LTD BOAT TRIPS: Explore the coastline North and South of Stornoway in our 8.5m Rib. Comfortably seating 8 passengers, we can provide sightseeing and sea-fishing trips, take a trip to the Shiant Isles and its abundance of wildlife including puffins, sea eagles and occasional sightings of dolphins and porpoises. Leaving by prior arrangement from Stornoway area, contact Charles or Joe on 01851 702303/07900 605405. www.engebret.co.uk Email: engebretltd@gmail.com (Map Grid: B3)

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LEWIS SPORTS CENTRE: State of the art facilities including fitness centre with Technogym equipment, pool, games hall, squash courts, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi and climbing wall. Special pool ‘fun’ sessions for children. Café and Soft Play area for pre-school age children also available. For the latest information check our Facebook page - ‘Lewis Sports Centre’. Open: 8am to 10pm Mon to Fri, 9am to 8pm on Sat. Tel: 01851 822800. www.cne-siar.gov.uk/isl/index.asp (Map Grid: D3)

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ALBANNACH GUIDED TOURS AND TAXI: Taxi service in the isles of Lewis & Harris. Your personalised Guided Tour throughout the Outer Hebrides or the rest of Scotland with a fully qualified & insured Scottish Tourist Guide. Have your own friendly, informative guide show you the sights, wildlife and history which you may otherwise miss! Tel: 01851 830433. Mobile: 07747 117870. Email: sales@albannachtours.co.uk www.albannachtours.co.uk

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ENGEBRET LTD FILLING STATION Open 7 days: Monday to Saturday 6am to 11pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm. Licensed convenience store with LPG, Calor gas, hot and cold food, ATM. Also selling outdoor equipment and footwear, maps and GPS, sea and freshwater fishing equipment. Firearms dealership. Email: engebretltd@gmail.com. (Map Grid: D4) Tel: 01851 702303. www.engebret.co.uk

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HEBRIDEAN JEWELLERY SHOP at 63 Cromwell St. Stornoway selling a wide variety of jewellery, giftware and books of quality and good value for money. This quality hand crafted jewellery is manufactured on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. If you are unable to visit our shop, please visit us on our online store. Tel: 01851 702372. www.hebrideanjewellery.co.uk

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PRESSING MATTERS LAUNDRY & THE ACRES CAFE: Laundry services, Washing and Ironing. Open: 9.00 - 5.00 Monday to Friday, 9.00 - 3.00 Saturday, Closed Sunday. Stop next door for light refreshments at The Acres Café for teas, coffees & snacks. Open Mon – Fri 7am to 5pm & Sat 8am to 5pm. Tel: 07786 005318 (Map Grid: C4)

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ISLE OF HARRIS is actually joined to the Isle of Lewis, and has a short border, shown by a ‘dashed’ line on the map (page 4). Harris has a wide range of landscapes, all of which have their own charm and interest. On the west coast lie some of the most spectacular beaches of Britain (marked on the map) with large open machair areas. In the north, the terrain is rugged, mountainous and has a Lunar feel to it, with huge boulders littered around. The east coast is more isolated and has some of the oldest rocks in the world.

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SEA HARRIS: Fast, comfortable, day trips to St.Kilda and to the Shiant Islands on our brand new purpose built vessel as well as providing private charters to many other Islands accessible from the Isle of Harris. St.Kilda trips depart from Leverburgh in South Harris & Shiants trips depart from Tarbert in North Harris. Tel: 01859 502007. www.seaharris.com

HEBRIDES ART: 5-star gallery and coffee shop situated in Seilebost on the stunning west coast of Harris. 300+ pictures by 20+ artists. Wide range of cards and hand-crafted gifts. All evocative of the Outer Hebrides. Contemporary space. Teas, coffees & soft drinks. Yummy cakes and scones – all homemade daily by us. Open Mon – Sat 10.30 – 5.00 April to September (except Mondays in Apr & Sept). Other times by appointment. Tel: 01859 550338. www.hebridesart.co.uk 35

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SCARISTA HOUSE RESTAURANT Isle of Harris Good Hotel Guide César Award winner. 2 AA rosettes. Featured in The Good Food Guide, The Michelin Guide, Scotland the Best and Alastair Sawdays’s Eat Slow Britian. Elegant licensed candle lit restaurant serving fresh Island fish, shellfish, lamb, beef and game. Scottish cheeses. Interesting and varied wine list. Booking essential. Tel: 01859 550238. Email: eat@scaristahouse.com www.scaristahouse.com

KILDA CRUISES: Departing from Leverburgh on the Isle of Harris, we provide a fast, comfortable day trip service to St Kilda, Hirta, Dun, Soay & Boreray. Trips to the other remote outlying islands are available by request. Custom tours can be arranged for a maximum of twelve people. The island is a haven for whales, sharks, dolphins, puffin, gannet, guillemot and also many different species of wild flowers and lichens. Booking is essential. Tel: 01859 502060. www.kildacruises.co.uk 47

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THE ISLE OF SCALPAY is located to the east of Tarbet and is accessed by a spectacular bridge. The island relied on fishing for its existance and there is still and active fleet of small boats. Scalpay has one of the earliest lighthouses in Scotland and a walk has been created to view both it, and also the magnificent scenery and marine views. Pick up the route information from Scalpay Shop/Bistro.

WALKING ON HARRIS is one of the island’s main attractions. The landscape is varied and sometimes challenging. Many routes are signed, such as the wonderful Harris Walkway shown on the map (page 4). Two varied examples are: Clisham Ridge: Grading Hard - Challenging mountain climb for experienced hill walkers only - 9 miles - 8 hours - OS Explorer 456. AN CLISEAM on the Isle of Harris at 799 metres is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides and the archipelago’s only Corbett. Ascend via the path from the car park on the A859. Traigh an Iar Beach Walk: Grading Easy, 2 miles - 60 mins - OS Explorer 455. Follow the A859 to just east of Horgabost and Glen Horgabost, turning off this road to reach the car park. The Harris Walkway is a 25 mile long walk across some very spectacular and varied scenery in Harris . The rough outline of the walk is shown on the Harris map part of our Guide on page 4. It starts: A859 road just E of bridge over the Scaladale River, Grid Reference: Nb186096 and finishes: A859 road near Seilebost (Grid Ref: Ng090971)

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Isle of Harris HARRIS TWEED AND KNITWEAR: Situated 5 miles from Tarbert on the Golden Road in the beautiful Bays of Harris. Here in the village of Drinishader at the Old School you will find a wide range of Harris Tweed: Jackets, Coats, Bags, Shoes, accessories, gifts, knitwear and local knitting wool. Come along and view the purpose built Harris Tweed “Clo Mor” Exhibition. Experience the past and present day process of Harris Tweed. A unique display of old and new pictures, artefacts and present day designer productions. Weaving demonstrations available on request and a view of Marion Campbell’s exhibition. Coach parties welcome, toilet facilities available. Tel: 01859 511189. www.harristweedandknitwear.co.uk

HARRIS TWEED ISLE OF HARRIS: Situated in Tarbert, Harris at the far end of the bay near the main junction A859. A large selection of Harris Tweed Clothing for Ladies, Gents and Children. Superb range of bags, hats, shoes, boots, purses and many more accessories, all in Harris Tweed. We also have a large Tweed store opposite the shop with exciting Tweeds to choose from as well as yarn and wool. There is also a small open exhibition with details of our main exhibition and weaving demonstrations at Harris Tweed and Knitwear available to book on request. Coach Parties welcome. Tel: 01859 502040. Email: info@harristweedisleofharris.co.uk www.harristweedisleofharris.co.uk

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RODEL HOTEL AND RESTAURANT: Historic building in an iconic harbour side location. Local artwork throughout the building. Restaurant speciality is freshly landed local seafood. 600 metres from St. Clement’s Church, 10 minutes from Leverburgh Ferry. An ideal base to explore the Isle of Harris. Lunches 12pm to 3.00pm. Light snacks and Home Bakes 3.00pm to 5.30pm. Evening menu from 6pm to 9pm. Tel/Fax: 01859 520210/520219. E: reservations@rodelhotel.co.uk www.rodelhotel.co.uk

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HOLMASAIG STUDIO GALLERY: Quidinish (Cuidhtinis) S.E. Harris. In stunning location, the studio/gallery of Gaelic speaking artist MARGARITA WILLIAMS DA (Glas) - one of two Scottish artists awarded the CR Mackintosh Association/France Residency in Collioure 2014. Watercolour paintings, mixed media, Japanese woodblock prints, cards, reflecting the Hebridean landscape and machair flowers of this unique environment. St Kilda continues to inspire her work. Invited artists work shown. Open: 11-5pm MonSat. Tel: 01859 530401. www.holmasaiggallery.com

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CAOLAS GALLERY: 11 Caolas Scalpaigh, Isle of Harris, HS3 3BS. Shortly before the Bridge to Scalpay. A warm welcome awaits you, photography celebrating the beauty of the Isle of Harris, bespoke woodcraft, Harris Tweed rugs, cushions and gifts. Tea/coffee and yummy cakes. www.harrishebridesphotos.co.uk Tel: 01859 530 344 or 07776 335590. Email: stefan.davies@harrishebridesphotos.co.uk.

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CHURCH OF ST. CLEMENT at Rodel is situated at the southern tip of Harris, near Leverburgh. The church was built in the 16th century by Alexander MacLeod of Harris and Dunvegan, otherwise known as Alasdair Crotach (humpback), due to a sword wound. The main features of interest are three tombs carved in black gneiss depicting knights, and the tomb of Alexander (picture to the right). The church is open to the public and run by ‘Historic Scotland’.

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Awarded 5 Stars by ‘Visit Scotland’ in 2012, this beautiful shop is situated at Grosebay, seven miles from Tarbert and well signed off the main A859 to Leverburgh. Dedicated to provide tailored clothing of the highest quality, our Harris Tweed is woven by Donald John Mackay MBE of the Luskentyre Harris Tweed Co. We are exclusive stockists of Mario-Barutti jackets, waistcoats and topcoats for Men. For Ladies we offer a stunning collection of clothing designed especially for us in ‘Superfine’ Harris Tweed. Tel: 01859 511108 info@harristweedco.co.uk www.theharristweedcompanygrosebay.co.uk

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Isle of North Uist and Isle of Berneray - see map on Page 8 THE ISLE OF BERNERAY lies at the northern end of the Uists, and has a very active community with some significant attractions, mainly cultural, and related to the wonderful scenery. The landscape is mostly agricultural, with corn fields on the western side of the island on the Machair (sand based grassland). Corncrakes and other long grass nesting birds are common in early summer.

NORTH UIST is a landscape of fresh and salt water lochs, bordered on its western side by miles of sandy beaches, and cultivated crofts, popular with walkers, bird watchers, motor homers and cyclists alike. On the west side of the island, the road follows the machair (fertile coastal grassland bordering the sand dunes). The eastern side is mainly water. This area is a fisherman’s and bird watcher’s paradise. Beaches are a huge attraction on North Uist & Berneray. Traigh Lingeigh has an expanse of pure white shell sand, crystal clear waters and a safe shallow sandy bay suitable for swimming.

The village has a shop and café, Ardmaree Stores, (page 8) a picturesque fishing harbour, a post office and the Caledonian MacBrayne pier for the connection to the Isle of Harris. On the north of Berneray is a very scenic walk, with views towards the hills of Harris. For more information about Berneray and its history, the island has a very good museum and historical centre.

LOCHMADDY is the largest village in North Uist and is also the port where the ferry arrives from Uig on Skye. The Loch itself is designated a European marine site (special area of conservation) giving recognition to the wonderful marine landscapes and diverse wildlife. Facilities in the village include a Tourist Information Centre, a very good museum and heritage centre called Taigh Chearsabhagh. The village also has a number of serviced accommodation providers and places to eat. R.S.P.B. NATURE RESERVE at Balranald. Balranald is famous for its corncrakes, now one of Europe’s most endangered species. The circular nature trail through the croft land of the reserves is 3 miles (4.5 km) and takes 2-3 hours. The trail goes through wildflowerrich machair and round a bird-rich headland. A wide selection of wildlife can been seen, from wading birds to the elusive otter.

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BAYHEAD SHOP AND FUEL: Licensed grocer and convenience store with ready made meals available. Full range of Macleans bakery products on sale. Post Office. Petrol, Diesel and Red Diesel on sale here. On B865 at Bayhead, HS6 5DS. Tel: 01876 510257. CLADDACH KIRKIBOST COMMUNITY CENTRE Café serving local produce and homebaking. Also computer internet access, local information, nursery services, and public toilets.

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BEACHES are a huge attraction on North Uist and Berneray. Traigh Lingeigh has a huge expanse of pure white shell sand, crystal clear waters and a safe shallow sandy bay suitable for swimming and snorkelling. There are also picnic tables and benches. The West Beach on Berneray is a three mile stretch of wide, clean and often deserted sand. Behind all of the beaches is the machair - green grassy plains covered in a mass of amazing wild flowers in the spring and summer.

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GIANT MACASKILL Angus Mor MacAskill is known in the Guiness Book of Records as the World’s largest giant. He is noted to be the tallest and the strongest man who ever lived, and the man having the largest chest measurements of any non obese man. Queen Victoria heard about MacAskill’s great strength and proclaimed him to be “the tallest, stoutest and strongest man to ever enter the palace”, and presented him with two gold rings in appreciation. He was born on Berneray in 1825. The Giant MacAskill Cairn was erected in 1991, located on the machair.

OTTER SPOTTING is a popular island attraction, as the east side of the island is a landscape of inland and sea lochs, inlet, bays and channels. This is an otter’s paradise, and holts can be easily spotted. It still takes patience and a bit of luck to spot the elusive creature. Study the tide timetable, as an otter is more likely to be seen on an incoming tide, roughly 2 - 4 hours before high tide. As it comes towards high tide, the otter usually heads for its holt, which is its home and rest area. It is where they rear their young. The causeways are a good place to spot otters whilst driving. TRINITY TEMPLE is a historic ruin listed as of European significance and possibly Scotland’s oldest University. The building is the remains of a medieval monastery and college founded by Beathag, daughter of Somerled. The building has been extended up to the 16th century but destroyed after the Reformation. Again restored in the 16th Century by Dotair Ban.

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MACLEANS BAKERY & BUTCHERS: A wide range of delicious breads, confectionery, chilled ready meals and crisp handmade oat cakes. All produce made to traditional recipes from locally sourced when available. This small independent shop prides itself on the quality of its products. Shop open: Mon to Sat 9am-5.30pm. Produce also available by mail order & through local stockists. The shop is just off the main A865, so call in for high quality fresh baking and meats. Tel: 01870 602659. 58

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BENBECULA in Gaelic is Beinn na Faoghla which means Mountain of the Ford. This is a very apt name for the island and its solitary hill, Rueval, which is in fact a stepping stone between North and South Uist. The islands are connected by a series of causeways, but once upon a time crossing to the Uists would mean fording the dangerous stretches of tidal sands. The temptation to bypass most of Benbecula by taking the direct road through the island is always there; however, Balivanich and the coast 55 road is worth the detour. The main town is called BALIVANICH, and is situated on the north west of the island. The airport is located in Balivanich, as is the military base, hospital, fuel station, post office and a selection of shops, housing and businesses. Benbecula is one of the best locations to shop, with supermarkets, a bakery, and good places to eat and have cups of coffee.

LINICLATE SPORTS CENTRE has a 25 metre swimming pool, sauna, newly equipped fitness suite, athletics track, 2 pitches and 3G All Weather Pitch. There is also a Games Hall, available for football, badminton, basketball. The fitness suite is open to the public during the day, evenings and weekends. The other facilities are open after school hours during term time, and from 12 noon in school holidays. Special activities for holiday period including children’s activity classes. For the latest information check our Facebook page - ‘Liniclate Sports Centre’. Tel: 01870 603693. www.cne-siar.gov.uk/lsc/index.asp

THE STEPPING STONE RESTAURANT: Serving snacks and hot meals throughout the day, using fresh local produce where possible. Evening meals available from 6.30 to 9pm daily. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 11.00am - 9.00pm, Sunday 12.00 - 8.00pm. Dinner reservations are recommended. Tel: 01870 603377. www.steppingstone10.tripod.com 57

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LINICLATE is the second largest habitation and is where the secondary school and very fine leisure complex are located. The local enterprise company, campsite, Borve Castle, hotels and beaches are also in the same area. Liniclate is just a few minutes off the main A865. The ruin of 14th century Caisteal Borbh (Borve Castle) was a Clanranald stronghold and is found along the coastal road to Balivanich.


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SOUTH UIST is a stunningly beautiful island of crystal clear waters with white powder beaches to the west, and heather uplands dominated by Beinn Mhor to the east. The 20 miles of machair that runs alongside the sand dunes provides a marvellous habitat for the rare Corncrake. Golden Eagles, Red Grouse, and Red Deer can be seen on the mountain slopes to the east. LOCHBOISDALE, once a major herring port, is the main settlement and ferry terminal on the island with a population of approximately 300. The island is one of the last surviving strongholds of the Gaelic language in Scotland and the crofting industries of peat cutting and seaweed gathering are still an important part of everyday life. Internet is available in the Lochboisdale Café which also includes the Post Office. The Kildonan Museum and Café is on the main road south, and includes a museum, a craft shops, a café and an archaeology room. ASKERNISH GOLF COURSE is the oldest golf course in the Western Isles and is a unique test for any grade of golfer.

SOUTH UIST is a wildlife wonderland, archeologists paradise and historians dream. It is also the birthplace of Flora MacDonald and just outside the village of Kildonan, is a memorial to her. Flora gained immortality by her assistance to Bonnie Prince Charlie in the Outer Hebrides after his flight from the mainland following defeat at Culloden in 1746. WALKING is a key part of the South Uist experience with walks at all levels. Routes and maps can be picked up from the Tourist office in Lochboisdale. Ben Mhor, Ben Corodale and Hecla are the three highest peaks on South Uist, and for the keen and experienced hillwalkers, there is a good horseshoe walk to the hills direct from Howmore hostel. The route leads into the most spectacular and interesting of the South Uist landscapes. Loch Druidibeg is one of the best places in the Hebrides to see the full range of island wildlife and habitats. The loch is situated to the east of the A865, close to Stilligarry.

ORASAY INN is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty at the north end of the Isle of South Uist. Owned and managed by Isobel and Alan Graham, this small, intimate hotel and restaurant serves some of the finest food in the Hebrides. Orasay Inn is the ideal location for a special Hebridean holiday. Whatever type of activity you prefer, we provide a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with the best of fresh, local cuisine, as an end to the perfect day. A superb selection of fish and seafood comes fresh from boat to hotel kitchen, supplied by local fishermen. Much of our beef is from our own fold of Highland Cattle, raised on our croft. Discerning, reliable producers and suppliers, who are aware of the quality we require, deliver locally reared Hebridean lamb, pork, game, poultry and vegetables. Email: orasayinn@btinternet.com Tel: 01870 610298. www.orasayinn.co.uk

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In the far south is the ISLE OF ERISKAY with its famous ponies. The ponies are semi wild and often seen in the vicinity of the village. Eriskay is also home to famous wreck the S.S. Politician. The wreck was the inspiration for the Compton Mackenzie book and film, Whisky Galore. The SS Politician was an 8000-tonne cargo ship which left Liverpool on the 3rd February 1941 laden with amongst other things 260,000 bottles of whisky, bound for Kingston in Jamaica and New Orleans. She went aground off the coast of Eriskay.

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Visit the HEBRIDEAN JEWELLERY shop and workshop at Iochdar, selling a wide variety of jewellery, giftware and books of quality and good value for money. This quality hand crafted jewellery is manufactured on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The shop in South Uist has a coffee shop close by the beach, where light snacks are served. If you are unable to visit our shop, please visit us on our online store. Tel: 01870 610288. HS8 5QX. www.hebrideanjewellery.co.uk ORMACLEIT CASTLE was one of the shortest lived castles in Scotland being completed in 1708 and then being burned down in an accidental fire in 1715. It was built as the home of the Chief of the Clanranald but was never rebuilt or restored after the fire. Although well worth a visit, please note that the castle walls are unsafe and the internal structure is unstable, so please keep a safe distance.

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Isle of Barra - see map on Page 8 THE ISLE OF BARRA is one of the most 67 attractive little islands in Britain and recently came first in a ‘Most Beautiful Island’ competition. Its tranquillity, distinctive culture and fascinating history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. It is also an ideal starting point for visiting and exploring the Uists and Benbecula. The island is only 8 miles long and 4 miles wide, has beautiful white sand beaches and seven lochs which provide great fishing for brown and sea trout. The population is approximately 1300, many of whom still speak Gaelic. 66 Traigh Mhor at the north end of Barra is the island’s airport. The white expanse of the cockle shell beach provides the island with daily air services to Glasgow and Benbecula. Timetable dependent on tides, the Twin Otter lands in all weathers and the beach is recognised as the only beach runway in the world providing a scheduled air service. Chille Bharra at Eoligarry is a complex of early monastic buildings, with one of the chapels having been re-roofed and providing shelter for four Norse grave stones, which for centuries had lain in the graveyard. It is presumed that they were brought centuries ago, perhaps from the mainland or from Iona. Vatersay is an island to the south of Barra and is now reached by causeway and there are beautiful beaches, an ancient Dun and the monument to the hundreds emigrants lost when 73 the ship the Annie Jane foundered there more than a hundred years ago. Also lying below the road is the wreckage of a Catalina which crashed into the hillside during world war two. Regarded by the Islanders as a monument to those airmen who lost their lives, there is now a commemorative plaque and access path to this site.

WALKING ON BARRA AND VATERSAY is particularly 68 interesting as very rarely do you lose sight of the sea and the main hills. One particularly good walk is to ascend Heaval, the highest hill and view the surrounding islands. On a clear day, you can view the isles to the South and as far as the Isle of Mull. Sea kayaking, wind surfing, power kiting, rock climbing are all developing around these islands as interest grows in outdoor activities. Remote islands are 73 accessible with boat trips, running on a regular basis, to see the birds, marine wildlife and spectacular cliffs off the Barra Head Islands. Vatersay Walk: This walk is approximately 3 hours of easy to medium going with one short, fairly steep climb to Dun Vatersay. The walk begins at the small car park across the road from the ‘Annie Jane’ monument. It is a circular walk of about 4 miles, taking in Bagh Siar (West Bay), Bagh a Deas (South Bay), Eorisdale and Baigh Bhatarsaigh (Vatersay Bay). The machair land running along the entire west coast of Barra and Vatersay is fringed with beautiful beaches and is also carpeted with wild flowers throughout the spring and summer months. BARRA HERITAGE CENTRE located close to the centre of Castlebay, Dualchas is placed in a prime location looking out over the bay to the southern islands. It is a treasure trove of historical documents, artefacts and photographs relating the story of the Herring fishing industry, the Clearances and the emigration which ensued after The Clearances. The centre is a visible commitment made by the community towards preserving Barra heritage and sharing their stories with people worldwide. 69

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CASTLEBAY SPORTS CENTRE is situated next to Castlebay School and includes a swimming pool (20 metres by 9 metres) with Sauna which can be used in term time after 4pm and in the holidays from 2pm. Also available is a fitness suite area with top of the range Technogym equipment. For general enquiries or to book a gym induction please contact the facility on 01871 810129. For games hall bookings please contact Castlebay School on 01871 810100. For the latest information check our Facebook page ‘Castlebay Sports Centre’. www.cne-siar.gov.uk/csc/index.asp

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USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Caledonian MacBrayne Lochmaddy 01876 500337

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Police Station Lochmaddy 01876 500328

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CREAGORRY

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LINICLATE SPORTS CENTRE

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LOCHSKIPPORT

STILLIGARY

South Uist

HOWMORE

Uist & Barra Hospital Balivanich 01870 603603

STONEYBRIDGE

Loganair (flight enquiries) 01870 602310

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Tourist Information Lochboisdale 01878 700286

Kildonan Museum

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Police Station Lochboisdale 01878 700261

LOCHBOISDALE CAFE

BARRA

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SMERCLATE

To Oban & Barra BAILLE

Tourist Information Castlebay 01871 810336

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Eriskay

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Caledonian MacBrayne Castlebay 01871 810306

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Golf Course

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Golf Course

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LOCHEPORT

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To Skye

BOWGLAS Kirkibost Centre

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CASTLEBAY SPORTS CENTRE CAFÉ KISIMUL CASTLEBAY

CAFE KISIMUL: (Castlebay) A family run licensed restaurant specialising in Indian and Italian cuisine & local seafood. Open daily 10am till late for coffees, snacks & meals. Booking advisable (evenings). Tel: 01871 810645. www.cafekisimul.co.uk

KISIMUL CASTLE sits on a rocky island just off Castlebay and was built around 1039. Since that time, Kisimul has been the stronghold of Clan MacNeil. It is completely surrounded by water and has never fallen to an enemy. Kisimul was abandoned in 1838 when the island was sold, and the castle’s condition deteriorated. The castle remains, were purchased by the chief of Clan MacNeil in 1937, who in 2001 leased Kisimul Casle to Historic Scotland for 1000 years for the annual sum of £1 and a bottle of whisky. The boat trip from Castlebay jetty to the castle takes 5 minutes.

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