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Holidays in Isle of Lewis

The northernmost tip of the Outer Hebrides

Black Houses

The Isle of Lewis is a wild and dramatic land where white-sand beaches lie deserted for most of the year and the smell of peat fires drifts on the breeze. Lewis is the largest and most populated island in the Outer Hebrides.

From the bustling port of Stornoway, you can catch the ferry to the mainland. The Isle of Lewis is the perfect place to slow down and enjoy the solitude and tranquillity of being in a truly isolated location. There’s plenty to do, from fishing and golf to hiking and wild swimming. A scattering of pubs and restaurants provide fresh seafood and, more often than not, a roaring fire.

The Isle of Lewis is steeped in centuries of history.

Callanish Standing Stones

Many locals still speak Gaelic and Sunday remains a day of rest, when the majority of the island’s businesses are closed. Lewis’s rugged coastline is home to a remarkable variety of seabirds including shags and gannets. As you explore the windswept and surprisingly flat landscapes, you might also catch a glimpse of red deer, otters and even mink. To reach the Isle of Lewis, you’ll take a ferry from Ullapool, on the mainland, to Stornoway, a picturesque port town with a selection of independent shops and eateries.

With a population of 6,000, Stornoway is home to around a third of Lewis’s population and for many travellers, is the first stop-off on the island. With its rows of Victorian houses and bustling harbour, the town is a great place to breathe in the sea air and get to grips with your surroundings. The fishing and tweed industries are still thriving and there are plenty of opportunities to buy a homemade scarf or hat. For a plate of fresh shellfish, try the Digby Chick . This light and vibrant restaurant is a favourite with locals and visitors. Situated in the premises of the town’s old chandler’s, the Digby Chick serves a variety of fresh seafood dishes, including a daily fish special.

A holiday on the Isle of Lewis wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Callanish Standing Stones, an impressive stone circle which is thought to have been built in around 3,000BC. There are a number of local myths and legends about the stones, one of which is that they are petrified giants who refused to convert to Christianity.

“The Isle of Lewis is a wild and dramatic land where white-sand beaches lie deserted for most of the year and the smell of peat fires drifts on the breeze.”

The Isle of Lewis is home to some of Scotland’s most beautiful beaches. What’s more, the island’s isolation means it’s never hard to find an empty stretch of white sand. Dalmore Beach is one of many dramatic and unspoilt beaches on the island, where Atlantic waves crash to shore, creating some of the area’s best surfing conditions.

While you’re there

Leathad Ard

A colourful Hebridean garden, boasting various plant species and intriguing wildlife.

The Blackhouse

A tradition, furnished Lewis thatched house providing a unique insight into island life.

Calanais Standing Stones

A world famous site of ancient standing stones, a main sight on the Isle of Lewis.

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