THINGS TO DO IN LEWIS
One of the very best ways to see and experience the wealth and variety of wildlife, as well as the magnificent scenery of the Isle of Lewis, is to join us on your own Hebridean Adventure! Let us take you on a guided wildlife watching tour by boat or van, or sign up for one of our short cruises and get the chance to really explore the coast, seas and islands of the Outer Hebrides.
CALANAIS STANDING STONES
How often do you get to stand amongst 5,000 years of history? The Calanais standing stones (also known as Callanish) are older than Stonehenge, are unique in their layout, and are thought to probably have performed some sort of astronomical function.
They are free to visit and are located 12 miles west of Stornoway.
TIUMPAN HEAD LIGHTHOUSE
The wild coastline of the Isle of Lewis means lighthouses are a must to keep shipping safe from the rocks. The Tiumpan Head lighthouse at the end of the Eye peninsula outside of Stornoway has been in operation for over 100 years. The headland is also a well-known location for watching whales and dolphins from land in the deep waters off-shore.
TRAIGH MHOR BEACH
The highlands and islands are home to some of Scotland's most beautiful beaches and Lewis has its share too.
Traigh Mhor at North Tolsta on the east coast is one of the best and is a photographers dream with its rocky headlands at either end looking great in the early morning light in particular. There is a mile of golden sand for you to explore and enjoy.
THE BLACKHOUSE, ARNOL
Find out how the islanders used to live in this traditional Hebridean blackhouse and the neighbouring 'white house' that replaced it, both cared for and maintained by Historic Environment Scotland. A real glimpse into what life would have been like, just trying to survive and living alongside your livestock!
ABHAINN DEARG DISTILLERY
Established in 2008, Abhainn Dearg is the most westerly whisky distillery in Britain. In 2010 it released the first whisky produced on the island for 170 years! Now you can visit and see how this very unique distillery makes its traditional single malt Scotch whisky, and perhaps take away a souvenir to savour back at home!
For your dose of dreamy white-sand beaches, look no further. Lying just north-west of the Isle of Lewis, Traigh Bhostadh sits on the island of Great Bernara - Scotland's 34th largest island with an area of just 21 km. With parking aplenty, toilets and tap water facilities, a trip to Traigh Bhostadh makes for a tranquil day out and you might even have it all to yourselves.