Facts and Data
Unesco World heritage since: 1986
Size of heritage: 24,201 ha
This volcanic archipelago, with its spectacular landscapes, is situated off the coast of the Hebrides and comprises the islands of Hirta, Dun, Soay and Boreray. It has some of the highest cliffs in Europe, which have large colonies of rare and endangered species of birds, especially puffins and gannets. The archipelago, uninhabited since 1930, bears the evidence of more than 2,000 years of human occupation in the extreme conditions prevalent in the Hebrides. Human vestiges include built structures and field systems, the cleits and the traditional Highland stone houses. They feature the vulnerable remains of a subsistence economy based on the products of birds, agriculture and sheep farming.
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Medium airport - 23 mi (38 km) Stornoway Airport
Medium airport - 49 mi (79 km) Barra Airport
Medium airport - 55 mi (89 km) Skye Bridge Ashaig Airport
Small airport - 71 mi (114 km) Coll Airport
Small airport - 89 mi (144 km) Tiree Airport
Medium airport - 93 mi (151 km) Glenforsa Airfield
Small airport - 106 mi (171 km) Colonsay Airstrip
Small airport - 129 mi (209 km) Glasgow International Airport
Large airport - 176 mi (283 km) Edinburgh Airport
Large airport - 200 mi (322 km) Belfast International Airport
Large airport - 223 mi (360 km) George Best Belfast City Airport
Large airport - 229 mi (369 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.
- Baile Mhartainn
- Baile nan Cailleach
- Glen Kyles
- Port nan Long
- Tigh A' Gearraidh