Outdoor Activities

Wildlife and Bird watching

The islands are rich in all kinds of wildlife, we even have our own Hebridean Bee! It isn’t unusual to see Eagles, deer, dolphins and seals, just keep a good lookout and you will be amazed at what you will find.

One of the best places to spot Whales and Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Killer Whales is Tiumpan Head, a twenty-minute drive from Vancouver House. It isn’t unusual to spot Humpback Whales off the coast. Check the Tiumpan Watcher page on Facebook for recent activity.  Alternatively, take a trip out with Little Bernera and follow the coastline in Uig.

For Birdwatchers, this is one of the few places in the UK where Corncrakes can still be heard in the summer evenings, although you will be lucky to see one! There are migratory birds that stop over or are summer/winter residents. Check the sites below for further information.

Western Isles Wildlife  
Heb Birding Bird Sightings Western Isles

Lewis and Harris – A Surfing Paradise

Check out –
Hebridean Surf
Magic Seaweed
Surf Lewis


The Hebrides are rated to have some of the best Salmon and Trout fishing in Scotland, why not give it a go?   Permits are needed for some, but not all rivers, so please check before you go.

Ever tried saltwater fly fishing? This is a relatively new sport why not try it first here in the Hebrides?  You might like to spend a day sea angling in some of the richest waters in the UK.

Stornoway Sea Angling Club
Stornoway Angling Association
Fish Hebrides
Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust
See Visit Outer Hebrides for further information


Hill walking

Why not take advantage of some of the spectacular walks the islands have to offer. There are a few good publications available to help you plan your routes: the handy little Hallewell pocket guide has 34 walks of varying difficulty; Mary Welsh’s Walking The Western Isles (Clan Walk Guides) describes 40 walks with only a small amount of duplication; and there’s a leaflet guide to The Harris Walkway from Bill Lawson Publications. All are available at the Tourist Information Centres and various craft and tourist shops throughout the islands.

The Hebridean Way

Golf – Lewis and Harris

With the most Westerly courses in the UK here’s two to tick off the list.

Scarista Golf Course
Stornoway Golf Club

Mountain Biking – Cycling

With rough sheep tracks and peat roads, the island is ideal for mountain biking, there is no end of places to cycle. If you just wish a gentle mode of transport and don’t mind the hills then cycles can be hired from:

Bespoke Bicycle Repairs & Upgrade – Facebook Page
Bike and Kayak Hire
Alex Dan’s Cycle Centre

The Hebridean Way