5 reasons to visit the Hebrides in May

It’s Lambing time

5 things to do in the hebridesIf you tour the Outer Hebrides in May, you’ll see lots of new-born lambs in the fields. On the croft here lambing begins around mid April, and they’ll be running around throughout the spring. If you want to get closer to them than looking from the roadside, feel free to add a visit to the croft to your Go Hebrides day tour or short break.

Peat cutting begins

The first of May is the traditional start date for ‘cutting the peats’, the ancient art of turning boggy moorland into fuel for the croft house! We have a wood burning stove on the croft, and once cut, lifted, stacked and dried, we’ll be burning peat along with the wood next winter. If you want to give peat cutting a try, then be sure to join us for your guided tour of Lewis.

Flowers of the machair begin to bloom

The machair is a unique habitat, where alkaline sand formed from sea shells creates a fertile environment, which produces a carpet of wild flowers from May onwards. The west coast of the Isle of Harris contains lots of machair, and is a favourite location for wildlife tours of the Hebrides, partly due also to the stunning views and great beaches! The machair is also home to several rare bird species, including the elusive corncrake.

Great walking

Summer temperatures on the Hebrides are never particularly hot, so May can be just as good, and it is often one of the the driest month of the year. The ferries tend to be less busy too, so if you decide to make a last-minute plan to go walking in the Hebrides, getting here should be easy. Just catch a Calmac ferry, and we’ll do the rest (including taking you on the best walks!).


In reality, midgies aren’t such a problem here in the Hebrides, as there’s often a breeze to deter them. However, they usually don’t appear until the end of the month, so by visiting the Hebrides in May, you normally get to avoid them altogether!