Introduction PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION Chapter 1 Background Information Geography, Climate, Natural history, History, Archaeology, Government and politics, People, Language, Religion, Culture Chapter 2 Practical Information When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators and guides, Tourist information, Red tape, Consulates and embassies, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, Women travellers, Travellers with disabilities, Travelling with children, Gay travellers, What to take, Money and budgeting , Getting around, Accommodation, Food and drink, Festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Outdoor activities, Media and communications, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively PART TWO THE GUIDE Chapter 3 Lewis (Leodhais) History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, What to see and do, Stornoway (Steornabhagh), Around Stornoway Chapter 4 Harris (Na Hearadh) History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Shopping and activities, What to see and do, North Harris (Ceann a Tuath na Hearadh), Tarbert (An Tairbeart), Scalpay (Sgalpaigh), South Harris (Ceann a Deas na Hearadh) Chapter 5 St Kilda History, Getting there and away, Where to stay, Shopping, What to see and do Chapter 6 Berneray (Bearnaraigh) and North Uist (Uibhist a Tuath) Berneray, North Uist (Uibhist a Tuath) Chapter 7 Benbecula (Beinn na Faoghla) History, Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment, Shopping, sports and activities, Other practicalities, What to see and do Chapter 8 South Uist (Uibhist a Deas) and Eriskay (Eirisgeidh) South Uist (Uibhist a Deas), Eriskay (Eirisgeidh) Chapter 9 Barra (Bharraigh) and Vatersay (Bhatarsaight) Barra, Vatersay (Bhatarsaigh) Sandray, Pabbay, Mingulay and Berneray Appendix 1 Language and pronunciation Appendix 2 Further reading Index Index of advertisers
Mark Rowe is an environmental and outdoors journalist and writer who first visited the Outer Hebrides in 1986 when using up the last few days of an Inter-Rail ticket. He has been in love with the islands ever since, and visited every year for the past decade. He has written about family holidays on the Outer Hebrides for National Geographic Traveller, and about food and drink on the islands for several magazines. His perfect Hebridean day would involve buying smoked salmon from Loch Carnan on South Uist, taking the ferry across the Sound of Harris to Leverburgh, and having a picnic below Horgabost campsite overlooking Luskentyre on South Harris.
'This guide is certainly comprehensive, has been compiled by an enthusiast and makes an independent judgement on what to see and do, where to eat and stay and on that all important factor, getting around. Here's a book for car-pocket, rucksack or cycle-pannier.' Scottish Islands Explorer 'A good all-round guide' Wanderlust Travel Magazine