Local attractions on the Isle of Lewis include fine examples of stone circles, standing stones, monoliths and Iron Age constructions. The most important series of stones (above) is around the area of Callanish. More info.
Great Bernera is a small island with about 200 inhabitants connected to Lewis by a bridge on the B8059. At the now-uninhabited village of Bosta there is a wonderful unspoilt beach, and a rediscovered Iron Age settlement. One of these ancient thatched houses has been superbly rebuilt, and entry is available during the summer. More info.
The Whalebone Arch at Bragar
The two bones that comprise the arch are the lower jaw bones of a Blue Whale and were removed from a beached mammal which came ashore in 1920. The harpoon was still in the whale. The explosive charge in the harpoon’s head failed to explode. More info.
These old dwelling houses were so named not because they were in the early days smoke filled and had small windows. They were compared to new stone-built houses being built in the late 1800’s which were called “white houses”. The new white houses were designed to separate humans from their livestock and other animals. Best examples are at Gearranan. More info.
Uig is known for its extensive golden sands and because of a discovery of a Viking Chess set in a small stone chamber at the edge of the beach. Inside were 93 chess pieces made of morse ivory, carved from the husks of walrus teeth. Many local businesses have made use of these iconic figures, including Callanish Candles. More info.
Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln
A short walk from the main A858 near Shawbost, next to Loch Roinavat, is a renovated pair of thatched buildings used in past times to process barley grain into meal. More info.
The Broch at Carloway is located above Loch an Duin on a rocky knoll in a good defensive position. A Broch is an Iron Age structure designed to impress and defend, and were probably the homes of tribal leaders and important members of the community. More info.
Ness Historical Society
Based in the former Cross Primary School in Ness, it includes an accredited museum featuring displays on various aspects of island culture including crofting, wool working, the home and much more.
Address: Ness Historical Centre, North Dell, Ness Isle of Lewis Scotland HS2 0SN Tel: 01851 810377 firstname.lastname@example.org eachdraidhnis.org
Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive Lews Castle (not Lewis Castle) was built in the mid 1800s by opium dealer James Matheson. Early in the 20th Century it became the home of soap magnate Lord Leverhulme of Port Sunlight in Liverpool. It is now run by a local public trust which has developed it into a visitor centre, accommodation and a museum.
St Columba’s Church Ui, at Point (An Rudha)
Ui Church – pronounced Eye Church – is one of the oldest churches, if not the oldest, on Lewis. It is burial place to the Clan Chiefs of both the MacLeods and MacKenzies. The trust which runs it welcomes people from all over the world, those who come looking for relatives, or family connections. More info.
The Trussel Stone
The six-metre high Standing Stone lies just off the A857 and about 4 km north east of Upper Barvas, about 20km north of Stornoway on the A857. Turn west into the township and after 600m a track leads to a parking area and to the stone. More info.
This is a multi-arts venue; a contemporary art gallery, a theatre, a cinema, a dance studio, a concert hall, and more.
Address: Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. HS1 2DS.
Tel: 01851 708480 www.lanntair.com
The centre has several visitor attractions such as the remarkable Angus Macleod Archive, a local history museum, a small tea room, and a well-stocked community shop. Address: Kershader, Isle of Lewis HS2 9QX
Tel: 01851 880236 ravenspoint.net
Stornoway Museum (Museum nan Eilean)
The museum, opening in 2016 at Lews Castle, holds collections of objects, photographs, prints and paintings, and archives illustrating the archaeology, social, domestic and economic history of the islands. More info.
Hebridean Celtic Festival Every mid-July
Simply one of the most amazing festivals set against the unique cultural backdrop of the Hebrides.
Tel: 01851 621234 email@example.com www.hebceltfest.com
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS FOR YOUNGSTERS
The Isle of Lewis and the Western Isles has many safe parks. Almost every village has its play area and they are all of a high standard. More info.
The Isle of Lewis has a very good range of leisure facilities based around sport. Spors Nis, just outside Ness, has one of the best sporting facilities in the Western Isles, with badminton courts, 10-pin bowling and a swimming pool. Lewis Sports Centre in Stornoway, just across the road from the Park Guest House, has a pool and a soft play area.