The Western Isles are a long chain of more than 100 islands located off the west coast of Scotland. They include, (but are not limited to), the islands of Barra, Benbecula, Lewis and Harris and North and South Uist. There are many more islands within this chain, some of which are inhabited and some of which are not. Currently, 15 of the islands are inhabited.
As a whole, the area relies heavily on the tourist industry and unsurprisingly, fishing and agriculture. The stark and wild beauty of these islands is the major draw for tourists. Here, you really feel like you can get away from it all. In addition, the whiskey industry still thrives within the islands. The inhabited islands are connected to each other and to the Scottish mainland via a timetable of scheduled ferry sailings. There are some small local airports on the larger islands of Benbecuala and Barra which fly locally and to the mainland. Once on the islands, public transport is available but most people rely on their cars to transport themselves around.