The Outer Hebrides Guide Book provides a thoroughly informative insight into unique life on the Scottish islands. Learn in fine photographic and written detail about the active traditional crafts, ancient archeology, geology and undisturbed nature and wildlife across these stunning islets.
This wonderfully written guide by experienced travel writer and photographer Charles Tait takes you around the main magical islands of the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Take a step back in time and explore the rich cultural, historical and natural delights of Lewis, Harris, The Uists, and Barra.
All the information provided in this guide is complimented by 12 hand-picked itineraries across the main islands of the Outer Hebrides. Each itinerary lists recommended sites, monuments and activities across a designated region or theme and are all accompanyed with Ordnance Survey maps for clarity.
How this guide is laid out
The Charles Tait guides for Scotland are brimming with information, which will both inspire you before your trip and enhance your experience whilst you're there. The first 70 pages are used to give an overview of the ancient sites, natural environment, archaeology, history and culture of the Outer Hebrides.
The following Gazetteer sections discuss the main islands of Lewis, Harris, The Uists, and Barra. Each of these are into smaller regions and coasts of each island, delving into the above topics in far greater and more specific detail. Within these sections, text and photographs build a picture of the area, with historical photos thrown in for comparison. Sections of mapping are given to help with navigation and the sights are listed in text boxes with the relevant page numbers at the beginning of each section. Driving distances for each section are also provided in the heading.
Following the side trips is information on how to get to and around the Outer Hebrides by ferry, plane, public transport or car. There are eight pages of contact information and websites for several of the attractions discussed in the guide.
The 12 suggested itineraries that correspond to the earlier sections are listed all together from page 222-245 with another copy of the overview map with marked POIs. Each itinerary includes an individual overview map, detailed directions, OS Landranger and Explorer map numbers and corresponding page numbers for information on the sights.
A break down of the key places to visit and general information for recommended tours and attractions are clearly listed at the back of the book.
At the back of the book is a bibliography and suggested background reading and maps to further enhance your discovery of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Finally, there is an index to help you navigate the guide.