The Outer Hebrides or Western Isles, as they are alternatively known, are situated on the extreme North West of Scotland. The Hebrides are known as the “long island” as they stretch for over a 100 miles. The islands are steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years.
The Isle of Lewis is the most northern of the Western Isles. and Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis and is also the home of the Western Isles Council. Just over 6,000 people live in the town, which represents about a third of the total population of the island. Barra and Vatersay are the most southerly islands. Two ferries and numerous causeways joint the islands together, giving a stepping stones feel to the islands.
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