An explorer's guide to the islands of Britain

Visit the Guinness Book of Records windiest place in the UK at the Butt of Lewis which is also a great place to watch whales and dolphins – only beaten by Tiumpan Head on the Eye peninsula. Climb the high point of Mealaisbhal, 574 metres, or hike the trails along some of the island’s west coast from Bragar past sea stacks, arches and sandy beaches. Relax on the stunning Uig Sands, where the famed Lewis Chessmen were discovered, or taste the freshest of scallops in the Scallop Shack on Miavaig Pier. Stay in Mangersta Bothy, stunningly located on the cliff edge and enjoy the power of the waves crashing on its stunning white-shell beach.

Check out our book Islandeering: adventures around the outside edge of Britain’s hidden islands for our top 50 walking circuits of islands

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