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On the more outlying islands are great populations of sea birds of different species, the Gannet being the most widespread with St Kilda boasting the largest nesting sites internationally.
If you want deserted beaches that resemble the tropics then you do not need go any further, there are tropical style beaches a plenty. On most of them you will be lucky to find any people at all, take a coat with you though as it can be on the cool side.
The islands also have their own set of historic sites with one of the best stone circles to be found in Scotland, dating back to 2900BC, the Callanish Stones, is a striking site to visit.
The Butt of Lewis, the most northerly point of the islands. Rob Farrow
Traigh Iar, Lochmaddy. Stuart Wilding
The Callanish Stone Circle. Andrew Curtis
Stornoway Harbour, viewed from the lodge in the castle grounds opposite. Stephen Branley
Bolts of Harris Tweed, each tag containing information about the cloth. Photo and edit courtesy of Rob Farrow
The sheltered bay at Lochmaddy, North Uist. Colin Smith
View over Castle Bay, Barra. Hugh Venables