The Hebrides Travel Guide

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The Hebrides Travel Guide

The Hebrides Local History

The islands are home to the renowned Harris Tweed fabric, still made by hand on the crofts and of course malt whisky. With a history dating back thousands of years, the islands are full of archaeological sites of enormous interest.

The Hebrides Attractions

The Hebrides Shopping

From Celtic designs, hand-made chess pieces using local beach stones to pottery, art and hand made knitwear there is something special for everyone.

In Tobermory you won't find the dreaded tartan disease rampant in the other tourist shops. Pop in to Mull Pottery - Ph 302057 and the Tobermory Chocolate Company - Ph. 302526 or on the Isle of Mull you can saviour their award winning traditionally made cheese and check out their glass barn Ph 302235.

The Hebrides Activities

Skye Serpentarium Reptile World Wildlife Park at the Old Mill, Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye is an award winning and unique exhibition and breeding centre for snakes, lizards, frogs and tortoises.

Mallaig Marine World at the Harbour, Mallaig, Inverness-shire is a marine aquarium featuring sea life from the Scottish West Coast.

Wings Over Mull, Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, Auchnacroish House, Torosay, Craignure, Isle of Mull, Argyll is a conservation centre and home to over 40 hawks, falcons, eagles, owls etc and there are daily flying displays.

The Hebrides Parks & Gardens

Crarae Garden, Inveraray, Argyll (Ph 01852 200366) contains one of the best collections of the genus Rhododendron in Scotland, unusually rich in cultivars, as well as part of the National Collection of Nothofagus.

Benmore Botanic Garden, Dunoon, Argyll, is famous for its collection of trees and shrubs. This sensational garden offers something of interest all year round.

The Hebrides Beaches

The Hebrides are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean with beaches providing the most consistent surf in Europe. Over 100 islands are home to over 72 pristine, white beaches.

The Hebrides Restaurants and Bars

Legendary Scottish meals include shortbread and haggis (a delicious mix of lungs, heart and liver mixed with oatmeal and boiled in a sheep's stomach) with surprisingly tasty results.

The Hebrides Restaurants

Sunsets Restaurant - in Francis Street, Isle of Lewis in Stornoway specialises in fresh fish and shellfish and has a superior dinner menu and Digby Chick Restaurant in Bank Street is an award winning family run restaurant which caters for everyone.

Bonaventure in Aird - Isle of Lewis, Uig offers an eclectic selection of international and Scottish fare. Try their broccoli and stilton soup, crepe of finest haggis on sweet chilli sauce or their breast of barbary duck with light fragrant curry sauce.

The Hebrides Bars & Clubs

Isle of Mull's lively Aulay's Bar - in Main Street, Tobermory - it's filled with character and serves fabulous bar lunches or an absolute must is the Mishnish (a ferry crossing away) with its harbour side setting and live traditional music.

The Isle of Coll bar - in the Portland Arms Hotel overlooks Loch Eathama and its fishing boats off-loading the catch of the day. A warm welcome and divine, fresh local cuisine awaits you at this little island hotel.

The Lorne Bar - in Stevenson Street, offering live entertainment, a beer garden and delicious local cuisine.

The Stein Inn Pub - MacLeods Terrace, Stein, Waternish on the Isle of Sky is extremely popular and affordable. All meals are freshly prepared and there's a great choice including freshly caught Loch Dunvegan Prawn Tails and award-winning Black Pudding with Drambuie Sauce.

The Hebrides children's activities

Skye Serpentarium Reptile World Wildlife Park at the Old Mill, Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye is an award winning and unique exhibition and breeding centre for snakes, lizards, frogs and tortoises.

Mallaig Marine World at the Harbour, Mallaig, Inverness-shire is a marine aquarium featuring sea life from the Scottish West Coast.

Wings Over Mull, Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, Auchnacroish House, Torosay, Craignure, Isle of Mull, Argyll is a conservation centre and home to over 40 hawks, falcons, eagles, owls etc and there are daily flying displays.

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