Western Isles of Scotland

The Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles, are a long collection of islands that stretch some 150 miles from the Butt of Lewis in the north to Barra head in the south. There are rugged sea cliffs and rolling peat moors. Strangely enough, there are also widespread remains of stoneage man

Trees are rare, and the landscape is moulded by the Atlantic winds. Habitation is scare, just dotted crofters cottages, seabirds and ponies.

The streamer is the lifeline to the mainland, and Gaelic is still the first language of the majority of the islanders

The beaches are long and sandy, the seashells crushed to a silver sand by the pounding of the seas

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