Miles and miles of white, sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise seas and a myriad of inlets and islands, framed by the local wildlife: these are the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands nestling off the north west coast of Scotland with rugged mountain peaks. Lewis is the largest and most populous of the islands with the main port of Stornoway which plays a most important role in the lives of islanders. In addition to a rugged coastal landscape and beautiful beaches, Lewis also has many world famous archaeological sites including the Iron Age Carloway Broch and Neolithic Callanish Stones. The World Heritage Site of the archipelago of St Kilda is undoubtedly worth special mention. Lying some 40 miles to the west of the Outer Hebrides they are for many sailors their ultimate aim. They may be approached through the Sounds of Harris, Barra, or the Sounds of Sandray, Mingulay or Pabbay.