Road advice for tourists visiting the Western Isles

THROUGHOUT the year a large number of people come to visit the beautiful islands to enjoy a well earned holiday in the peace and tranquillity of the Western Isles. However there is a hazard which some drivers may never have come across – single track roads.

Here are a few tips for people driving on these roads:

1)Use passing places properly – you stop on your nearside (passenger side), please do not cross over to the other side of the road.

2)Don’t be distracted – you may be enjoying the scenery but please let traffic flow freely. Check your mirrors regularly and allow vehicles to pass.

3)Speed – don’t drive too fast for the road conditions and especially when you don’t know the area.

4)Expect the unexpected – animals may decide to wander onto the road at any time and also be aware of mud and other debris

5)Beware cyclists/walkers – please allow them plenty room when you drive past them. In relation to cyclists – please wait at the passing place for them to reach you and also cyclists, please wait at the passing place if you see a car coming rather than try to carry on.

6)As always – do not drink and drive, do not use your phone whilst driving and always wear your seatbelt.

Have a safe and happy holiday in the Western Isles!