According to topschoolsoflaw, the Hebrides (Scots: Innse Gall) are a group of islands on the west coast of Scotland (Europe). The Hebrides are part of Scotland (United Kingdom) and consist of the Inner Hebrides (Inner Hebrides) and the Outer Hebrides (Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, Western Isles). There are about 500 islands in the Hebrides, 100 of which are inhabited. The largest town within the Hebrides is Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh), located on the Isle of Lewis (Outer Hebrides).
The Hebrides are known for their impressive nature. Most islands are rocky with many steep cliffs. The coastline is characterized by mostly rocks, some sandy beaches and a rough sea. The islands have a long history with various battles. Many ruins and castles from this period can still be found on the islands. The Hebrides are a top destination for peace seekers, nature lovers, hikers, cyclists, bird watchers and mountaineers. The Saint Kilda archipelago is the most isolated of the Hebrides (approximately 150 km from the Scottish coast). This island is known for its rare flora and fauna and as a breeding ground for European seabirds. Partly for this reason, Saint Kilda is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The population of the Hebrides lives largely from fishing and tourism.
Inner Hebrides (Inner Hebrides)
The largest and most famous islands of the Inner Hebrides are: Mull, Islay, Jura, Skye, Raasay, Staffa. In addition, the Inner Hebrides also include the “Small Isles” with the largest islands: Canna, Rùm, Eigg and Muck.
Outer Hebrides (Outer Hebrides, Western Isles, Western Isles)
The largest and most famous islands of the Outer Hebrides are: Barra, Benbecula, Berneray, Harris, Lewis, North Uist, South Uist and the archipelago of Saint Kilda.
Where are the Hebrides?
Travel information of Hebrides
Official name: Hebrides
Area: 7,285 km²
Capital: Stornoway (Steòrnabhagh)
Country code: GB, GBR
Population: 44,517 inhabitants (2011)
Highest point: 799 m (Clisham, An Cliseam)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Distance (Amsterdam – Hebrides): 940km
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place in the Hebrides that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of the Hebrides, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to the Hebrides. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about the Hebrides?
Weather and climate
The Hebrides have a mild maritime climate. The temperatures are around 15 degrees during the summer months and around 5 degrees during the winter months. In the higher parts, temperatures drop below freezing during the winter months.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for the Hebrides can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of the Hebrides can be found at Climate info.
June, July and August are the best months to travel to the Hebrides. In these months you have the best chance of good weather. Scotland has one of the highest precipitation figures in Europe.
English and Scots are both official languages in the Hebrides.
Would you like to translate from or into English for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in the United Kingdom:
Dutch consulates in the United Kingdom:
Embassy of the United Kingdom in the Netherlands: ukinnl.fco.gov.uk.
United Kingdom Consulate in the Netherlands: ukinnl.fco.gov.uk.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
You do not need any vaccinations to visit the Hebrides.
Money and Currency
In the Hebrides, payment is made with the British pound (GBP).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in the Hebrides can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in the Hebrides are slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -2% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (5% cheaper), food (0.5% more expensive), imported beer in catering (20% more expensive), cigarettes (66% more expensive) and public transport (4% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In the Hebrides it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 10%.
On the Hebrides it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time in the Hebrides is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for the Hebrides can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
You must drive on the left in the Hebrides.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in the Hebrides.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within the Hebrides.
In the Hebrides you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets in the Hebrides can be found on our electricity page (under the United Kingdom).
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 999
– Fire: 999
– Ambulance: 999
The international number 112 can also be used.
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to the Hebrides can be found on Google news.
An overview of Hebridean newspapers can be found at Hebrides-news and Abyznewslinks.
Web sites from the Hebrides end in.co.uk.
Hebrides official website: visitscotland.com.
The country code (international prefix) to call someone in the Hebrides is 0044 or +44.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from the Hebrides? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Hebrides Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Hebrides Yellow Pages.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of the Hebrides.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from the Hebrides.
An overview of all public holidays in the Hebrides can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in the Hebrides, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about the Hebrides?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited the Hebrides. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in the Hebrides can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in the Hebrides can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to the Hebrides? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with the Hebrides, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about the Hebrides, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations, which you may encounter during your visit to the Hebrides.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.8.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoke from the age of 16.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know…
…The Hebrides have been inhabited since 6,500 BC?
…The people of the Hebrides are very religious?
…One can find a natural whirlpool in the Gulf of Corryvreckan?
…More than 6,000 red deer live in the Hebrides?
Our verdict on the Hebrides as a travel destination
The Hebrides is a group of more than 500 islands. These islands used to be visited mainly by geologists, bird watchers and mountaineers. Today the Hebrides, and especially the Inner Hebrides, are frequently visited by tourists. The Hebrides are ideal for nature lovers because of the unspoilt nature, unique animal species, beautiful views and typical Scottish villages. The Outer Hebrides are less well known but are slowly being discovered. Lonely Planet has even designated the Outer Hebrides as a top destination for 2019. You will find rugged cliffs, unspoilt beaches and small coves. The Hebrides are not far from the Netherlands and the islands are interconnected by bridges and boat connections. In short, a top destination to discover for yourself by (rental) car.