Main Local Tourist Office
Key links for the site relate to the Western Isles Councils’ own
suite of sites which are exceptionally comprehensive and give an
insight into the range and scope of activities in the islands.
The first site listed is their portal site setting out introductory
information and through which all sites can be accessed. It is
however also possible to link directly between sites.
www.VisitHebrides.com - The portal site with good photos and it
is the key site for travel information.
www.outdoorhebrides.com - This provides a comprehensive guide
to all activities on the islands including surfing, walking, cycling,
fishing, diving, bird watching, climbing, kayaking, sailing, kiting
and windsurfing. There are some great photos on this site and a
facility to get translation into other languages.
www.rootshebrides.com - A key genealogy site to help trace clan
and family history.
www.walkhebrides.com - The site provides guides to walks of all
severities from serious mountain walks to gentle pub-crawls. It
also provides information on guided walks on which information
on flora and fauna is given.
www.wildlifehebrides.com - This site gives extensive information
on all aspects of natural history of the islands. The area is considered
to be the last real wilderness in Britain. It also gives information
on a Newsletter you can request that will keep you up to date with
what’s going on in the islands.
www.golfhebrides.com - The site identifies the courses and the
nature of the holes on the courses while also seeking to explain
why the claim “its golf as it used to be” is justified.
www.cyclehebrides.com - This site identifies both on and off road
routes giving distances, severity ratings and what to look out
for en route. A further link site here www.seatrek.co.uk gives
details of boat charter, water sports and wildlife trips including
trips to the famous World Heritage Site of St. Kilda.
www.culturehebrides.com - The islands are said to be the “home
of a unique spiritual civilised culture” and the heartland
of the Gaels and the Gaelic language. This site adds substance
to the claim by listing festivals and summer schools held in the
islands. It also includes details of Arts and Crafts and archaeology
in the islands.
www.fishhebrides.com - With 1.3% of the landmass of the Country
and 15% of the freshwater area of the Country the islands have
much to boast about as regards trout fishing. This site guides
you through the best places to fish for both freshwater and sea
fishing in the islands.
www.filmhebrides.com - The site explains what films have been
made in the islands and shows where they were filmed.
www.scotroots.com - this excellent site will help you trace your relatives, find the origin and history of your family name, locate photographs of your ancestral home and establish what your family members did for a living. They have helped thousands of people find out about their family roots let them help you too.
There are several outlets for ‘special’ photographs
and film footage of the islands including an ability to commission
both still and video photography.
Key links are :
Ged Yeates – a freelance cameraman and
editor with tremendous experience working for the BBC in the news
industry and with a
particular skill for filming all aspects of the islands where,
in fact, he lives. email@example.com
Charles Tait – a photographer and author of considerable
experience who has shot film across Scotland from the Shetlands
to the Hebrides. He has an exceptional stills portfolio from which
you can select that special picture. www.charles-tait.co.uk
The music used for the DVD was obtained from several sources including
licence free music from the internet. It was selected to match
the Celtic soul of the project and has been complemented by several
people who saw the film during editing. The three main performers
who provided tracks are all phenomenal musical talents but are
also incredibly nice people all three helped me considerably to
secure the necessary licences.
Eric Rigler – a world-class piper whose skill on the Uilleann
pipes makes him one of the worlds most sought after Celtic musicians
provided a combination track of Mari’s Wedding / Kesh Jig
and the beautiful The Water is Wide both fine traditional tunes.
Eric has a vast range of CD’s for the Celtic connoisseur.
Abbie Lathe – an extraordinarily talented singer and musician
who tours with world-class performers and has recently secured
a new recording contract. A person with a fantastic range, natural
musical ability and boundless enthusiasm we are proud to be able
to call her a friend. She kindly wrote the tune Soul of Sgarabhaigh
specifically for the project and has a large portfolio of excellent
songs of her own. www.abbielathe.co.uk
Dougie Maclean – an international star
and legend in his time provided his inimitable song Caledonia an
anthem in Celtic
circles and truly a song to which all Scots worldwide can relate.
He has a portfolio of songs to match his vast talent. www.dougiemaclean.com
www.hebceltfest.com - The annual Hebridean Celtic Festival held in Stornaway each year
unites all comers with a genuine love of traditional music in all
its forms. The world renown musicians make this vibrant and diverse
gathering one of the most eagerly awaited attractions of the festival
Harbour View Gallery - Fine Art
Anthony J. Barber
Phone: +44 (0)1851 810735
Limited Edition Prints of Scottish Scenes - Brilliant and Inspired
www.williefulton.com - Willie Fulton – This is a visit experience not to be missed. Do not be afraid of the rather challenging drive and you will have the privilege of meeting Willie at his gallery on Harris. A very talented artist who has honed his skills over ‘many’ years, a sense of humour second to non and a gentleman of the first order. This is a must visit for anyone with an eye for art and a bit of soul.
www.thecapitalscot.com - This site has an amazing compendium of information about Scottish Heritage it's brilliant and it's all here for you if you just click the link.
www.seenindunedin.co.nz - See this site for all you need to know about Dunedin in New Zealand the centre of Scottish culture on South Island.
A wide range of organised tours are available :
Phone: +44 (0)1859 530310
Fax: +44 (0)1859 530289
Mobile: +44 (0)7788 500302
Cruises / Fishing / Wildlife trip
Bed & Breakfast accommodation can be booked in Leverburgh
Chrissie Mackenzie - Caberfeidh House, Leverburgh, Harris.
Phone : +44 (0) 1859 520276
Self-Catering Accommodation in Leverburgh:
www.shalomcottage.co.uk - Shalom Cottage, 12 Strond, Leverburgh, Isle of Harris. HS5 3UD
Phone: +44 (0)1859 520259
www.rodelhotel.co.uk - The Rodel Hotel – This is one of the very few Hotels convenient for stays near Sgarabhaigh and is it very handy. The boat to take you to the island can pick you up from the harbour outside the hotel window. Your stay will be excellent with good food, newly remodeled rooms and very hospitable hosts. If hotels are your thing you will not do better in the islands.
www.fiddlebackfarm.com - Fiddleback Farm – An ideal place to stay just outside Carlisle to break your car journey to the islands. The farmhouse is exceptional with timbered ceilings, en-suite facilities and a private lounge for B&B guests. The evening meal offered looks expensive but the food is excellent and the setting in the dining room is second to non and in fact it is incredibly good value for money. Add to that hosts who make you welcome and are pleased to help with anything you need and you’ll find it a brilliant start or finish or both to your holiday.
Car hire can be booked across the islands but a good service,
and available from the airport in Stornaway, is provided by:
Mackinnon Self Drive, 18 Inaclete Road, Stornaway, Isle of Lewis,
Phone : +44 (0) 1851 702984
E mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
www.hebejewellery.co.uk - A most extraordinary range of jewellery and an excellent supporter of our own project. You must take a look at their exciting range it is highly recommended if you want that 'special gift'.
As comprehensive a set of gifts as are listed on the internet -
A most phenomenal Scottish website with enough information to fill
Interesting articles and access to a wide range of Scottish gifts.
www.zoojewellery.com - A brilliant site to get both mens and ladies silver and pewter celtic jewellery and other gift so have a look - you'll not be disappointed there really are jewellery gifts for all occassions.
www.proudlyscottish.com - A must for all gift seekers the range of goods is amazing.
The Scottish Islands Network gives you all the statistics you could
need about the islands so if you want to live the quiet and very
special island life this is a must to visit.