The Western Isles (or Outer Hebrides)

North Uist: Machair and Golden Beach (credit: Martin Webb)

North Uist: Machair and Golden Beach (credit: Martin Webb)

The Western Isles, also called the Outer Hebrides, are the most westerly edges of the British Isles.

The range of islands offer beautiful, wild landscapes and some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Europe. These deserted white beaches, turquoise waters and wild beauty, as well as a treasure trove of species including puffins, golden eagles, basking sharks, minke whales and otters.

Machair meadows are a haven for the elusive corncrake and internationally important populations of nesting waders.  The offshore Monach Islands are important pupping sites for Atlantic grey seals, and farthest west is St Kilda, a World Heritage Site and UNESCO reserve with seabirds.

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