What is the best time of year to visit the Outer Hebrides?
Late April to the end of June is probably the best time to visit the Outer Hebrides.
The days quickly become much longer – although you are some way south of the midnight sun, it never gets completely dark in mid June – and wildlife, on a mission to breed and rear young, is at its richest..
Are there midges in the Outer Hebrides?
Related: What are the most popular tours in The Hebrides? Both could be fine or both can be hell. It all depends on what the weather is doing at the time. Midges tend to appear when it’s warm and wet, if you get a long dry spell midge numbers can fall off.
How many islands are in the Outer Hebrides?
200 islandsThis crescent-shaped archipelago lies around 40 miles off the north-west of mainland Scotland, its west coast pounded by the unbroken force of the North Atlantic. There are roughly 200 islands in this group, making up an area of 716,000 acres.
Can you swim in the Outer Hebrides?
WILD SWIMMING – The beaches off the Outer Hebrides are perfect for swimming, with soft sands, and shallow depths and thankfully the temperature off Benbecula in summer is just about bearable – and you will certainly feel refreshed!
Are there midges in the Outer Hebrides in August?
We plan all our west coast walking holidays around both the best weather conditions and the height of the midge season. We rarely if ever, go to the west of Scotland between June and the end of August.
Can you drive to Isle of Harris?
You can take your car on board the ferry, operated by Caledonian MacBrayne, or leave it at one of the ferry departure points and travel as a foot passenger. You need to book in advance if travelling by car but can be more spontaneous if travelling as a foot passenger.