A MODERN twist on the traditional map is aiming to boost tourism in Scotland, as the Outer Hebridges embraces its "Instagrammable" nature.

CalMac Ferries and Outer Hebridges Tourism have created a new "Insta-friendly" map symbol to sit alongside the traditional place of worship and museum signs on their maps, to help those looking for the perfect picture opportunities.

The sites range from otter and seal spotting sites to white sandy beaches and Eriskay’s FIFA recognised football pitch.

The two maps will be rolled out in coming weeks and made available on CalMac ferries to the islands.

One map will cover North Uist, Grimsay and Benbecula while the other covers South Uist and Eriskay.

CalMac Ferries head of marketing Andrew Macnair said: “The Outer Hebrides are a photographer’s paradise and an influencer’s dream, and this viral popularity continues to increase as globetrotters share pictures on social media of their adventures on the islands.

“Uist however is a hidden gem, with powder-white beaches, untouched natural landscapes and vibrant crofting communities steeped in traditional Gaelic culture, often overlooked as tourists flock to the likes of Harris and Lewis.

“We know that Instagram matters to today’s tourist and we also know that travellers love a traditional map.”

The National: The Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay and Benbecula mapThe Berneray, North Uist, Grimsay and Benbecula map

Hebrides Tourism chief executive Robert McKinnon added: “The popularity of the Outer Hebrides has grown considerably in recent years, with 218,000 people now visiting annually from throughout the world.

“Social media has put the islands on the map, with so many Insta-friendly locations on our doorstep. We look forward to welcoming visitors to Uist and seeing Instagram feeds fill with snapshots of their adventures on the islands.”

Visitors to the islands are being encouraged to share their snaps of the beauty spots and tag #seeuistsoon #calmacferries and #visitouterhebrides in their posts.

The maps were designed and made by Hampshire-based SplashMaps using Ordnance Survey’s familiar Landranger style of map.