A walk and cycle-way which stretches from Vatersay to Lewis has been named as one of the best experiences in the world by travel icons Lonely Planet.

The travel guide series has identified the Scottish Highlands and Islands as one of the world’s top 10 must-see destinations for 2019.

Among the features they praise as part of the ideal visitor experience are distilleries, fine dining experiences, mountain climbs and wilderness.
But they also single out the Hebridean Way for special praise.

The route offers a 185-mile long cycling route and a separate 156-mile long distance walk, showcasing west coast beaches, hills and historic sites. It was launched in 2016 by record-breaking endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont, who took just 12 hours to cover the route through 10 islands, across six causeways and two ferry crossings.

A Comhairle nan Eilean Siar spokesperson, said: “Comhairle nan Eilean Siar welcomes this recognition of the Outer Hebrides and the Highlands of Scotland in the top ten global destinations. 

“It is particularly satisfying and well-deserved to see the Hebridean Way - a Comhairle-led EU funded project - featuring so highly.

"The Outer Hebrides is a must-visit destination and the local industry works hard to ensure an excellent visitor experience - all sectors should rightly be proud to have received this accolade.”