A popular tourist guide, the Rough Guide, has named the Western Isles in its top ten regions to visit in 2016.
Other areas mentioned in the recomended list were were Calabria in Italy, Lombok in Indonesia and Northern Cape, South Africa.
Of the Western Isles the guide comments: “The myth and natural majesty of the Western Isles, or Outer Hebrides, continues to capture the hearts and imaginations of travellers.
“Yet the islands’ wild, isolated reputation seems to have caused many to forget that they’re just a quick flight away from the mainland.
“During the long summer days, the Isles’ turquoise waters and white sandy beaches appear Caribbean-like, with top-notch waves for surfers and kiteboarders.
“Inland, castles, archeological sites, museums and quaint cottages make for perfect stops along the dramatic walking trails and cycle routes. While each island possesses a unique character, all are spectacular and overlooked.”