Properties for sale in Western Isles
Fixed price £275,000 Galson, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Detached farm house see full details and 28 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £265,000 Port Of Ness, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Scot House offer this rare opportunity to obtain a substantial detached dwelling house with garage, large multi-functional studio/offices and owner occupied croft extending to approximately 5 ... see full details and 18 photos
Marketed by Scot House Move Ltd, G1.Offers in region of £249,000 Kirkibost, Bernera, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Two bedroom detached house see full details and 15 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Fixed price £225,000 Brue, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Five Bedroom detached see full details and 14 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £225,000 James Street, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis HS1 Town house for sale
Four bedroom semi-detached townhouse see full details and 19 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers in region of £220,000 Kinloch, Creagorry, Isle Of Benbecula HS7 Town house for sale
Beautifully presented substantial modern detached house, built to an exceptionally high standard in 2005. Situated in an ideal location within walking distance of Liniclate School and within a ... see full details and 12 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Fixed price £199,000 Steinish, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Bungalow for sale
Four bedroom detached bungalow see full details and 16 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £195,000 Callanish, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached bungalow for sale
Presented to the market in excellent walk-in condition throughout this superbly appointed detached bungalow offers spacious family accommodation. The accommodation on offer extends to entrance ... see full details and 25 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers in region of £195,000 Bruernish, Isle Of Barra HS9 Bungalow for sale
A unique opportunity to acquire an established self-catering establishment or versatile residential house ideally situated on the Isle of Barra. This property has been successfully let out as two ... see full details and 8 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Offers over £190,000 Cliff, Uig HS2 Detached house for sale
Four bedroom detached family home. see full details and 14 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers in region of £180,000 Ardbheag, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Western Isles HS6 Detached house for sale
A Substantial Detached Four Bedroom Former School House Situated Within Lochmaddy And Enjoying Open Views Towards Lochmaddy Harbour see full details and 14 photos
Marketed by The Skye Property Centre, IV51.Fixed price £178,000 14B Garrabost, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Three bedroom detached house see full details and 16 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £175,000 Crulivig, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Four/Five bedroom detached house. see full details and 15 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers in region of £172,500 16A Knockintorran, North Uist HS6 Bungalow for sale
The opportunity has arisen to purchase a spacious 3 bedroomed property in a sought after location on the shores of Loch Sandary situated on a plot extending to approx. 1/4 acre. The triple aspect ... see full details and 3 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Offers in region of £165,000 426 North Lochboisdale, Isle Of South Uist HS8 Detached house for sale
In a rural location overlooking outstanding coastal scenery we offer for sale this substantial detached seven bedroomed dwellinghouse. This well-appointed property provides spacious living ... see full details and 7 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Offers in region of £165,000 479 South Lochboisdale, Isle Of South Uist HS8 Detached house for sale
The opportunity has arisen to purchase a two storey property of traditional style in the vicinity of South Lochboisdale, occupying a rural position with an open outlook to the shore. see full details and 3 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Offers over £165,000 Kirkibost, Bernera HS2 Detached house for sale
Four bedroom detached house see full details and 21 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £155,000 Upper Aird, Point, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Three bedroom detached family home see full details and 16 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Guide price £155,000 Perceval Road North, Stornoway, Western Isles HS1 Detached house for sale
Reduced by £7, 000 Detached House available to buy as a Bed and Breakfast business with future bookings in place. There is a full list of all items being included in the sale to allow the ... see full details and 29 photos
Marketed by Express Estate Agency, M1.Fixed price £153,000 Scalpay, Isle Of Harris HS4 Detached house for sale
Five bedroom detached house see full details and 15 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.
Western Isles Area GuideTolsta Beach, Isle of Lewis Image courtesy of Flickr user Travels with a dog and a Camera :)
Also known as the Outer Hebrides, the Western Isles are a chain of islands curving around the North West of the Scottish mainland, just beyond the islands of Skye and Mull. Although part of a single formation, the Western Isles are surprisingly diverse in geography, ranging from the low, peaty landscape of Lewis to the relatively mountainous terrain of Harris. All of the islands have one thing in common: a maze of freshwater lochs, which give the islands their glistening, jewel-like beauty.
While the population of the Western Isles was decimated in the 19th century due to the highand clearances - which saw crofters forcibly removed from their land to make way for sheep - in recent times the population has remained relatively stable with the population standing at just under 30,000.
The main economic activities are tourism, crofting, fishing and weaving, and while the islands aren't seeing the same kind of migrations that happened in the 19th and 20th centuries, life can be tough for the islanders. The fishing industry in particular is vulnerable to changing environmental conditions. However, the islands are blessed with a mild oceanic climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, something which attracts the many tourists who visit in the summer.
There are around 50 inhabited islands in the formation and many more uninhabited islands, but much of the population is concentrated on the connected isles of Lewis and Harris. Residents tend to be older than the UK average and consist mostly of families that have been there for centuries. You'll encounter plenty of Macleods, MacDonalds and MacNeils - the names of the ancient ruling clans.
The community is very cohesive, with Gaelic the dominant language despite British attempts at suppression in the 19th and 20th centuries. Newcomers needn't worry though - the islanders do speak English.
As might be expected with such a small population, there isn't a lot of choice when it comes to schools. The main islands of Lewis, Harris, South Uist and Barra all have a number of small primary schools and one secondary school. The education system has seen some upheaval recently with some schools closing and residents having to relocate their children to new ones. The University of Stirling also has a small nursing school on Lewis.
Ferries on the west coast of the mainland travel from Ullapool and Oban to Lewis and South Uist respectively. Ferries from Skye also serve Harris. An easier but less picturesque journey from the mainland is to fly from Glasgow and Edinburgh via routes to Stornoway, Barra and Berbencula.
For residents, travel around the islands is either by car - with ferries taking car passengers on island hopping excursions - or by bus.
Amenities and Shopping
Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis is the only town on the Western Isles that feels comparable to a mainland town, with convenience stores, supermarkets, banks, bakeries, craft shops, cafes, hotels, takeaways and restaurants.
There are facilities on the other populated islands such as convenience stores, banks and hotels but these naturally become sparser the smaller the island. Visitors and residents alike enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including golf and fishing, while many of the beaches are suitable for surfing.
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