Properties for sale in Western Isles
Offers over £350,000 Rathad Am Braighe, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
A beautifully presented 7 bedroom water front guest house with open sea views . Spacious property with separate lodge accommodation included in asking price . Long established business offering 5 ... see full details and 12 photos
Marketed by Scottish Business Centre, EH12.Offers over £295,000 Ness, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Five Bedroom Detached see full details and 33 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.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 £255,000 Borve, 5 Torlum, Isle Of Benbecula HS7 Detached house for sale
A unique opportunity to acquire an immaculately presented and versatile single storey property situated on the Isle of Benbecula. This property is currently being run as a successful guest house ... see full details and 11 photos
Marketed by Anderson Banks, HS7.Offers over £250,000 Daleview Cottage, Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
My Online Estate Agent is delighted to present to the market this five bedroom property situated on the Isle of Lewis. It has been used ... see full details and 17 photos
Marketed by My Online Estate Agent, PR3.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.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 £225,000 Brue, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Five Bedroom detached see full details and 16 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers in region of £220,000 Brue, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
With loch and sea views this property on the west coast is located approximately 11 miles from Stornoway and has good access to routes around the island. Four bedroom detached family home extends ... see full details and 23 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.£215,000 Garrabost, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached bungalow for sale
Large family home! Recently constructed detached bungalow with integrated garage in an elevated location, enjoying fantastic views across countryside and seascape. Presented to the market in good ... see full details and 9 photos
Marketed by Amazing Results, EH3.Fixed price £210,000 Glen Tolsta, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Presented to the market in walk in condition this traditionally built property which has been substantially extended in the last 18 months offers spacious accommodation over two levels comprising ... see full details and 23 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £200,000 Lochcroistean, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Must be seen! 4 Bedroom Family Home in scenic area of Lochcroistean, Uig, only a five minutes drive from some of the most scenic beaches in Scotland. A truly comfortable home in a beautifully ... see full details and 16 photos
Marketed by Amazing Results, EH3.Guide price £190,000 142, Brevig, Isle Of Barra, Western Isles HS9 Detached house for sale
The Express Estate Agency is proud to offer this realistically priced opportunity – all interest and offers are invited. see full details and 15 photos
Marketed by Express Estate Agency, M1.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 £185,000 Point, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Presented to the market in excellent walk-in condition this detached family see full details and 24 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £185,000 Newmarket, Isle Of Lewis HS2 Detached house for sale
Presented to the market in excellent walk-in condition this detached bungalow. see full details and 18 photos
Marketed by Hebridean Estate Agency, HS1.Offers over £184,995 Castlebay, Isle Of Barra HS9 Semi-detached house for sale
Scot House Move online estate agents offer to the market this traditional stone built 4 bedroom semi-detached villa. The home enjoys stunning views taking in Kisimul Castle and south lying ... see full details and 13 photos
Marketed by Scot House Move Ltd, G1.£180,000 Eagleton, Point HS2 Detached house for sale
Roberts, Edwards & Worrall are delighted to present for sale this detached cottage in the popular village of Eagleton on the beautiful remote scottish island, the Isle of Lewis. The cottage is ... see full details and 26 photos
Marketed by Roberts Edwards & Worrall, L18.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.
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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