The Outer Hebrides are unquestionably some of the most beautiful spots in Scotland, and one you might not immediately think to visit during a motorhome getaway. But don't worry, we've been touring the country for decades, which allows us to recommend only the best stop-offs to our clients. So take a look at what the Western Isles can offer to turn your trip is a fantastic holiday.
Located 30 miles off the north-west coast of Scotland lie the Isles of Lewis, Beneray, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Harris, Scalpay, Eriskay, Barra and Vatersay. These are just some of the 70 islands, 15 of which are permanently populated, that form the Outer Hebrides.
Just a short trip on the ferry will get you to the beautiful Isle of Lewis; the largest town and most likely your first stop is Stornoway, located on the east coast. While here, you can wander around the stunning town and its landscape or soak up your first taste of the island's history and culture.
Some stops we recommend while in town are Lews Castle, a free attraction where you are surrounded by beautiful wooded grounds and the Museum nan Eilean, where you can learn about the island's history.
The island itself has so much more to offer, such as:
While on the island, wild camping is welcomed for responsible motorhomers, find a spot near the beach to park up and relax with some fantastic landscapes surrounding you as you settle for the evening.
While in Uig, which we think to be one of the most beautiful places in the country, catch a boat trip offered by SeaTrek. You'll be taken on a tour of the Hebrides and its uninhabited islands where you can see a range of local species of whales, dolphins, sea eagles, basking sharks and puffins.
From here hop on over to the Isle of Harris to visit the world-famous Harris Tweed and Harris Gin. Look out for local stores which sell both straight from the manufacturer and make wonderful souvenirs and gifts from the trip.
With a landscape of fresh and saltwater lochs and miles of sandy beaches, North Uist one of the most uniquely breathtaking islands in Scotland. Ideal for long walks, cycling or bird watching, the island also offers:
After visiting the north, head down to South Uist, which offers its own beautiful landscape, crystal-clear waters and white beaches. When not admiring the scenery we recommend:
The most southerly island still inhabited in the Outer Hebrides famed for its beaches, hills, machair and moor. This small island packs a lot of exciting places to visit in such a small area, including:
This was just a taste of what can be seen and done on a motorhome trip around the Outer Hebrides. For a full route including everything from attractions on the Isles of Harris and Lewis to the best ferry terminals and places for toilet disposals, please take a look at our Outer Hebrides Motorhome Route.
In Scotland we are lucky to have such an abundance of outdoor pursuits on our door step, set amongst some of the most beautiful landscape and all within easy driving reach when combined with a motorhome you can enjoy a holiday while experience some adrenaline based activities.