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AROUND THE HEBRIDES

Getting Here

 

By Sea

Caledonian MacBrayne run a ferry service from Ullapool to Stornoway; you can also get a ferry from Uig on Skye to Tarbert, Isle of Harris and North Uist to Leverburgh also on Harris: www.calmac.co.uk .

By Air

Stornoway Airport provides flights from, Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Stornoway Airport Live Flight Information.

Car Rental

There are several car hire options locally:

Bus Connections

Citylink Coaches run services to/from the islands further information is available on their website www.citylink.co.uk

In the summer Skye-Ways operates between Kyle of Lochalsh and Glasgow  www.skyeways.co.uk

Local Bus Services

You will find the local bus timetable here on the Council website

CALLANISH STONE CIRCLE

Callanish Visitor Centre

Possibly the most famous landmark on the Isle of Lewis this neolithic stone circle is awe inspiring.  Look behind though and you will see another feature from Celtic mythology.  Local people call her “Sleeping Beauty” in English or “Cailleach na Mointeach” in Gaelic – which translates as “The Old Woman of the Moors” a recumbent landscape Goddess.

“Cailleach na Mointeach”

“Cailleach na Mointeach”

 

Some of the most beautiful scenery and beaches the islands have to offer.

  • Cross the Atlantic Ocean by bridge and you will discover Great Bernera, this tiny island is a hidden jewel in the Hebridean Archipelago.

Bostadh Iron Age House & Village
Bosta Beach
Tobson Village

  • Uig is famous for the Lewis Chessmen which were discovered here, but there is so much more to see.

Abhainn Dearg Distillery  The first legal distillery producing single malt on the islands in 200 years
Mangersta sands ( Traigh Mangurstadh)
Mealista (Mealasta) from the jetty at the road end you are rewarded with views of the Isle of Scarp, St. Kilda and Flannan Isles, it does need to be a clear day though.

Stornoway

Stornoway Harbour

Stornoway Harbour

Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis, it boasts a bustling fishing harbour, while other attractions include Lews Castle and grounds, art galleries, cafe’s, museum, a modern sports centre and of course a variety of shops.

If you wander along the quayside, or Castle Grounds, don’t forget to keep a lookout for Harbour Seals!

Golf – Lewis and Harris

Scarista Golf Course  beautiful course on the Isle of Harris
Stornoway Golf Club

Fishing

Salmon and Trout fishing in the Hebrides is rated amongst the best Scotland has to offer, why not give it a go?   Permits are needed for some, but not all rivers, so please check before you go.

Have you ever tried saltwater fly fishing? This relatively new sport why not give it a shot, or take a day sea angling in some of the richest waters in the UK.

Stornoway Sea Angling Club
Stornoway Angling Association
Information offering visitors affordable and enjoyable fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on numerous lochs and rivers throughout Lewis and Harris.
Fish Hebrides – You can find information on how to go about booking or finding places to fish on Lewis and Harris

 

Wildlife and Bird watching

Western Isles Wildlife

Gearrannan Black House Village

Gearrannan Black House Village

Heb Birding
Bird Sightings Western Isles

Archaeology

Dave’s Archaeological Tours
Ui Church Point – burial place of the Macleod Clan Chiefs

Adventure

Adventure Hebrides –  Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Surfing, Kiting, Climbing, Wildlife, Hill walking and more. Explore our site to unlock your adventure.
Stornoway Canoe Club
Canoe Hebrides are the leading sea kayak guiding operator in the Hebrides. “Our local guides have a wealth of knowledge on the coastline and wildlife of the area and can be relied on to make your trip special.”

 

Handy links should you need more info:

  • NHS Western Isles for phone numbers of surgeries, dentists etc.
  • Tourist information office Stornoway 01851 703 088
  • Bus Station Stornoway 01851 704 327

 

Day Trips to St. Kilda:

Seatrek trip to St.Kilda

Seatrek trip to St.Kilda

Sea Trek Sea Safari – boat trips from Lewis with day trips to St. Kilda. They offer a range of excursions and opportunities to enjoy the spectacular scenery and wildlife the Outer Hebrides has to offer.
Island Cruising – based on the Isle of Lewis.
Kilda Cruises – From the Isle of Harris. Weather permitting, Angus Campbell will take you from Leverburgh for the day, but booking is essential.
Sea Harris -Daily trips if the weather permits, from the Isle of Harris to St Kilda. Seumas Morrison will take you across for the day and again book in advance.

The Isle of Harris

Below are just a very small selection of the places to might like to visit in Harris.

Holmasaig Studio Gallery
Ardbuidhe Art Gallery

Scarista Studio, S.W. Harris
Skoon Art Café, Geocrab, Harris

Harris Tweed and Knitwear
Seallam Visitor Centre

What’s going on?

Follow the links for the latest news from around the Islands

We Love Lewis – daily online newsfeed
Events Magazine
The Isle of Lewis