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Hebrides hailed a top world tourist destination by CNN

Barra airport
Barra airport

The Hebrides have been named in the ‘19 Best Places to Visit in 2019’ list compiled by CNN Travel.

The islands sit among the likes of Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Grand Canyon.

The accolade has been welcomed by tourism bosses.

CNN Travel writer Franscesca Street said: “You might have heard stories about Scotland’s fine white sand dunes, turquoise waters, rugged mountains, crumbling castles – but nothing can prepare you for seeing the Hebridean Islands.

“The most famous of the lot, the Isle of Skye, makes it onto many travellers’ must-see lists, but the lesser-visited Lewis and Harris, the most northerly Outer Hebridean Island, also deserves to be there.

“The birthplace of Harris Tweed, the famous cloth that’s been woven, dyed and spun by the islanders for centuries, is also home to its own Stonehenge-style mystery in the Callanish Standing Stones.”

She added: “Each Hebridean island has its own distinctive vibe, but they’re all grounded in a similar small-town community spirit.

“On Islay, head to atmospheric Loch Finlaggan, the late medieval meeting place of the Lords of the Isles, the former rulers of the Hebrides.”

“The ride to the Isle of Barra is worth it to experience one of the world’s most picturesque plane landings, descending onto a stunning sandy beach.”

Chris Taylor, Regional Leadership Director at VisitScotland, said: “The Herbrides offer such a unique visitor experience that it is no wonder they have been chosen by CNN Travel as one of the top 19 destinations in the world to visit this year.

“It’s the potent mix of stunning landscapes, rich history and heritage, inspiring culture and warmth of the people, that makes the islands the go-to place for the discerning traveller looking for an adventure in Scotland.”

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