We at HEB Magazine do our best to let the world know exactly what our islands have to offer, and where exactly to find what you're interested in.  HEB is printed once a year and thousands of copies are distributed across the Islands.

And the on-line edition - below! - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click the download button, or go to our page-turning version, and enjoy learning about the beautiful Scottish Hebrides, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

 

Barra boosted by our projects, Council says

Three major capital projects funded by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on Barra and Vatersay are making significant progress, as evidenced by some impressive aerial photographs taken recently from a drone owned by local photographer, John MacDougall.

CnES announced this in a media release this week after facing protests for months from the Bùth Bharraigh community shop about the Council's plans to demolish the building later this year.  All the projects are part of the South Uist & Barra Regeneration Programme.  Bùth Bharraigh community shop have e-mails from other Council officials offering them the chance to have a lease of up to 20 years on the former Co-operative store in central Castlebay.  The Council say the building is an eyesore.

Read more: Barra boosted by our projects, Council says

On screen and off, Hebrideans help the success of Outlander

 

Special report from Katie Macleod in New York

 

On screen and off, Hebrideans have been leaving their mark on Outlander, the Golden Globe-nominated, award-winning, £50 million TV series that has taken the USA by storm – but still flies under the radar in Scotland, where it is set, filmed, and produced.

The series, based on the bestselling books by US author Diane Gabaldon, follows the story of Claire, an English combat nurse who in 1945 visits a Callanish-style standing stone circle in Inverness while on her second honeymoon. Thanks to the stones, she finds herself transported through time to 18th century Scotland, where she falls in love with Jamie, the handsome head of the Fraser clan, and tries to stop the Jacobite rebellion she knows is coming.

Read more: On screen and off, Hebrideans help the success of Outlander

Café with art and vistas…

 

NOTE: The advertisement included in HEB Magazine 2016 is out-of-date.  This is the correct one.  We apologise for this error

Situated at Ardhasaig on the Isle of Harris, the vistas open to visitors from Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom are rivalled only by the fine art landscape photography displayed within.

Overlooking West Loch Tarbert, with panoramic views towards Taransay and the North Harris mountains, Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom was opened in 2014 by professional photographer Darren Cole and partner Chris Griffiths.

Darren and Chris’s love affair with the Western Isles began with their first visit in 2008, when Darren was working as a photography tutor at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Over the next five years they both returned to the isles periodically, with Darren building up a collection of images and exploring different locations.

And in 2013 Darren and Chris made the move to relocate to Ardhasaig, with Hebscape opening the following year.

Open, airy and spacious, the Gallery walls are a delight to look around as Darren’s range of images – from monochrome to colour, abstract to digital illustrations – capture visitors’ interest.

High-quality prints, mounted and framed on-site, are available to buy; and orders can usually be fulfilled overnight.

Greeting cards and Darren’s photography book, both unique to the Gallery, are also available to browse.

And the Gallery is complemented by the Tearoom, run by Chris who trained as a Master Baker and Confectioner, which offers a welcome tea-stop for visitors to Harris, with award-winning Suki leaf teas and Stornoway’s Hebridean Tea Store teas to select from, along with fresh gourmet barista coffee, and a variety of freshly made cakes and scones.

Light meals, including hearty bowls of soup, with home-made Scottish soda bread, and home-made Stornoway hot smoked salmon paté, farmhouse paté, cheese scones with Orkney cheese, are also available to enjoy at the Hebscape Gallery and Tearoom which is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10.30am to 4.30pm (meals served 12-2.30pm).

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Bird of Prey Trail for Outer Hebrides

Outer Hebrides Tourism and RSPB Scotland have joined forces to launch a new Bird of Prey Trail in the Outer Hebrides.

Both organisations wish to highlight one of the islands’ greatest natural assets: the abundance of birds of prey.

RSPB Scotland’s Robin Reid said, “The Outer Hebrides is a stronghold for several of Scotland’s most iconic predators including both golden eagles and sea eagles. For many visitors to the islands, an eagle encounter is the highlight of their stay. The Outer Hebrides Bird of Prey Trail links the best places to watch birds of prey throughout the islands and aims to attract more visitors to enjoy these spectacular birds.”

Read more: Bird of Prey Trail for Outer Hebrides

St Kilda boat operator looks forward to new summer

It’s fair to say the year 2015 was one to forget for Hebridean boat-operators.   In fact, Seumas Morrison, of Sea Harris, says the horrendous weather made it the worst he had ever experienced.

“Without a shadow of a doubt, last year was the worst,” he said. “We were only out five times in May. That’s unheard of.”

Not getting out to sea was particularly frustrating for Seumas, as he had just taken delivery of a brand new boat.  However, ever the optimist, he has simply transferred his enthusiasm from this time last year to now. 

And thankfully, the bookings are still coming in thick and fast, a welcome indicator that the cancellations of 2015 haven’t put people off for 2016.

Read more: St Kilda boat operator looks forward to new summer