The Hebridean Islands were once visited only by geologists, bird-watchers, and the occasional fisher or mountain climber. Today, this island chain, which makes up the Inner Hebrides, is becoming more and more accessible to the general visitor. But what about the Outer Hebrides? One of the lesser-known parts of western Europe, these are splintered, windswept islands stretching for some 209km (130 miles) from the Butt of Lewis, in the north, all the way to Barra Head, in the south. With rugged cliffs, clean beaches, archaeological treasures, and tiny bays, the Outer Hebrides lure an increasing number of visitors every year.