Travellers now have more help at hand to plan their Outer Hebridean holidays thanks to the publication of the first ever guide book to focus on these islands alone.

Bradt's new guide to the 'Outer Hebrides: The Western Isles of Scotland, from Lewis to Barra' by experienced writer and journalist Mark Rowe is the only full-size guide to focus solely on the islands of Lewis and Harris; St Kilda; North Uist; Benbecula; South Uist; Eriskay; Barra, and Vatersay.

Rowe, and environmental and outdoor journalist, first visited the Outer Hebrides in 1990 when using up the last few days of an Inter-Rail ticket.

He has been in love with the islands ever since, and visited every year for the past decade; and written about his experiences for National Geographic Traveller and other magazines.

He was extensively supported by the Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) in both research and photography for the new guidebook.

Ian Fordham, of Outer Hebrides Tourism, said: “We are delighted to have helped in the development of the content of this new guide which focuses on our lovely islands, and look forward to hearing about the experiences of visitors who use its up to date information to explore the Outer Hebrides.”

The new title boasts masses of background information of the islands, from geography, genealogy and geology, to art, architecture and wildlife; as well as all the practical details any visitor might need: when to visit; itineraries showcasing the diversity of the islands' environment; interesting archaeological sights; hints on the wonderful wildlife; details on local culture and festivals, plus recommendations for where to stay and places to eat and drink.

An ideal guide for those who travel with a desire to discover how the Outer Hebrides is a place of great cultural, historical and wildlife interest – from flower-filled machair overlooking stunning turquoise seascapes, to inland lochs set in the shadows of majestic mountains where golden eagles soar overhead, visitors will be rewarded with amazing memories.