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The Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides is made up of 10 islands, 6 causeways, and 2 ferries that span nearly 200 miles across 10 breathtaking islands. These islands are rich in history, tradition, people, and wildlife and are just waiting for you to visit, making this the perfect destination for a romantic getaway and quality time spent with your significant other. Here you can go for long walks through some of the most beautiful and untamed natural landscapes in the world, listen to the sea birds as they catch the wind and stroll along the beaches, see a passing whale or dolphin, and find yourself free from the bustle of your busy life while taking in some of Scotland's magnificent natural scenery.

The Outer Hebrides provide a totally unique experience and a getaway from the stresses of contemporary life, drawing you back time and time again! Stornoway is the principal point of entry, with ferries going from Ullapool to the island and another from Tarbert.

Stornoway is the main town on the Outer Hebrides islands of Lewis and Harris. It has historical sites like Lews Castle, as well as two large supermarkets, a Cooperative and a Tesco, as well as smaller shops and businesses like restaurants and bars, an arts center, schools, hospitals, and sports facilities.

The airport is located on the Isle of Lewis, east of Stornoway, and offers daily flights linking the Island Airport to the mainland.

You can take the ferry from Tarbert to the island, as well as from Ullapool.

Tarbert offers a variety of stores, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the Harris Gin Distillery and the Harris Tweed Centre.

Built around a long harbour, it has played an important strategic role in the history of Scotland's craggy West Coast.

There is a natural harbour here, and fishing and sailing are still important to the village.

Tarbert used to be guarded by three castles, and you can still see parts of one of them today.


Callanish is a town on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. It is quiet and secluded, and the views from the loch over the wild, rocky landscape are breathtaking.

Lewis is the most inhabited of the Outer Hebrides, with Stornoway serving as the major port of entry and providing all self-catering or bed & breakfast accommodation.


The island is a great place to see the Northern Lights, which are also called the Aurora Borealis.

Lewis is the most populous of the Outer Hebrides.

The island's visitor attractions and museums include the ancient Carloway Broch and the famed Callanish Stones, nicknamed the "Stonehenge of the North" and erected circa 5000 BC, as well as a visitor centre and café.

At Luskentyre, Scarista, Loch Cromore, and Loch Erisort, you may enjoy spectacular views of lochs as well as breath-taking mountains and fabulous sandy beaches.

Cromore, a crofting settlement and old fishing village, has walks that lead through breathtaking countryside and are home to a variety of wildlife, including nesting sea birds, sea eagles, and otters.

The island is the perfect place to go on vacation because it has beautiful mountains, great beaches, and the breathtaking beauty of Luskentyre Bay.

The shoreline is a challenge for climbers and hikers of all skill levels, and the island is surrounded by sandy beaches that are popular with surfers, kayakers, and sea animals like whales and dolphins.

The huge sky of the islands changes all the time, following long unspoiled beaches.

Cycling, hill walking, and a lovely circular trek around Scalpay provide outdoor enthusiasts with views of the Eilan Glas lighthouse and the Isle of Skye.


There are several annual events for people of all ages to enjoy, such as the sailing race on Loch Fyne and the seafood and music festivals.

The 87-mile Kintyre Way connects Tarbert to the south of the Kintyre Peninsula and offers treks for all abilities.

Lewis is the most populous of the Outer Hebrides, with Stornoway serving as the main entry point, with ferry connections to Islay and Arran.

There are tourist boats available for hire to explore the neighbouring islands in the untamed Outer Hebrides, as well as lots of fishing options on the sea or in the lochs found on and surrounding the islands.

There are many different places to stay, from houses on the beach to self-catering homes in the highlands or cities.

The village of Breasclete is in the middle of the island, which makes it a good place to go on vacation. There are many self-catering properties to rent in the area.

The islands have a diverse landscape and a long and fascinating history. Discover a wealth of information and discovery on the islands, such as the weathered ruins of the 16th century church of St. Columba, as well as a strong cultural heritage from the St. Kilda archipelago, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover the well-preserved Carloway Broch at the Ness Heritage Centre, or take a wander around the famous Callanish Standing Stones. Boat rides nearby provide an opportunity to see a variety of species.

This is the best place to go on vacation because it has tall mountains, great beaches, and the stunning beauty of Luskentyre Bay.

Stay at the Hebridean Holiday Hut, which is an excellent spot to base oneself when touring the islands.

The Trip Huts provide open-plan studio-style accommodation that is ideal for a stopover or a short-break holiday. Rent a fully equipped motorhome, hit the road, and you'll be able to see a lot more of the Isles of Lewis and Harris. You can stay wherever you want because you'll be able to take your home with you.

Holiday cottages are offered for hire in unusual locations, with amazing views from some well thought out, enormous architect designed windows. Find properties with stunning open-concept conservatories offering picture-perfect vistas.

Stay in a Stornoway apartment to get easy access to Tràigh Thunga Beach, Callanish Standing, the Museum of Nan Eilean, and Aird Tong.

Throughout the year, there are many festivals, such as the well-known Hebridean Celtic Festival in July.

Hill walking, surfing, fishing, golfing, scuba diving, sea kayaking, cycling, and swimming in the wild are just some of the outdoor sports people can do.

The islands are dotted with stunning white sand beaches and crystal clear lakes.

Healair is a bird watcher's paradise, featuring some of Scotland's most recognisable birds of prey, and if you're lucky, you might sight a whale or dolphin swimming by.

Artists and photographers will be able to see beautiful landscapes, stunning sunsets, wildlife, flora, and fauna, as well as the Northern Lights.

Lewis is the most inhabited of the Outer Hebrides, with Stornoway serving as the major port of entry and providing all self-catering or bed & breakfast accommodation.

To get to Stornoway, which has a town centre on Lewis' east coast and views of the Minch, take the ferry from Ullapool.

Open moorlands, breath-taking coastal views, and an abundance of wildlife may all be found on the island.

The neighbourhood elementary school, a post office, and a community store are all located in the villages of Bayble, Aird, and Knock, respectively.

The Western Isles hospital and the council offices can be found along Sandwick Road, past the airport and across the Braighe into the district of Point, along with the islands' golden sandy beaches, as you head out of Stornoway's town centre, which is home to amenities like stores, restaurants, bars, and public transportation, as well as the Lews Castle Grounds and golf course.

Aignish, Garrabost, and Shuilishader are some of the further towns and villages on the island. After passing through the town of Shuilishader, turn right at the first intersection to reach the settlement of Sheshader. Ballantrushal, Shader, Braeholm, Leurbost, Breaclete, Garynahine, Leurbost, Uig Bernera,Arnol, Tolsta, Leurbost, Laxdale, and Tong are further communities on the island that are conveniently situated around 4 miles from Stornoway.

You may reach Arnol, a formerly bustling township, by travelling 11 miles north on the A857 across The Barvas Moor and turning left onto the A858.

There are currently roughly 100 people living in the community, many of whom are active crofters.

Lewis the most northerly and by far the largest of the Outer Hebrides, is also the most prosperous, partly through having Stornoway, the only real town in the Western lsles, a major port and now their capital under the new Authority. Since May 1975 the Isles administration has been centred at Stornoway and, as the need for new buildings, housing for ‘incomers‘ and other facilities has coincided with an involvement in the oil business, great changes have been taking place in the economy and life of Lewis.

It may be that the indigenous Lewis people, the crofters and fishermen, the spinners and weavers, will resist this ‘progress’ but it may be trusted that, in spite of this thrusting into the modern age, they will preserve their characteristic Gaelic culture.

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Particularly in its northern half, the island (as it must be described. although it is firmly anchored to Harris) is almost entirely flat, desolate moorland, the highest of the few small hills being little over 800 ft. The main occupations had for generations been crofting, fishing and the various processes in the production of Harris tweed, this last had been of increasing importance, but in more recent years suffered a recession in competition with man made fibres, necessitating the introduction of new machinery and methods. lt may be that the new demands for produce (and ever-rising charges for goods imported from the mainland), and the reseeding and reclamation schemes pioneered at Barvas so long ago may be developed with modern techniques to let agriculture play a greater part in the economy.

Lewis History

Apart from the population concentrated in Stornoway, the population is scattered in small villages and communities round the coast, and traditionally in the old days they ‘kept themselves to themselves’, but with much improved roads and transport systems, not to mention ‘the media” they too are caught up in the new developments, and it may only be hoped that some of their peaceful and contented way of life will be preserved.

Architecturally, the island has little of  note. Some of the ancient ‘black houses’, which appear squalid to the city dweller, have been converted, and others have been made into museums.

In the northern parts the Norse in fluence is reflected in brightly painted exteriors.

 Lewis had, of course, once before survived an incursion into big business and industrialization when, just after the First World War, Lord Leverhulme, one of the greatest ‘tycoons’ of his era, bought the island and endeavoured to improve its economy by developing a vast fishing industry and by somewhat grandiose schemes for marketing their other products.

He did this because he had fallen in love with the island and liked and admired the people, he was a generous, warm hearted man, and there is no doubt that he only wished to help Lewis; but things went wrong.

It is variously contended that the crofters opposed his schemes, not fancying regimentation, and that Government departments on the mainland obstructed and finally frustrated his grand design.

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