Spetacular beaches on the Isle of Lewis, Photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy (Image credit: http://www.hebrideanselfcateringholidays.com)

Spetacular beaches on the Isle of Lewis, Photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy

The largest of the Outer Hebridean islands, The Isle of Lewis is rich in ancient sites, offering excellent conditions for surfing and kayaking around its north and west coast. Easily reached via flights from Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow running to Stornoway Airport, the island also has inter-flights between Benecula and Stornoway and is served by a regular ferry service from Ullapool, with a journey time of two and a half hours.

A relatively low lying Isle and one half of the Outer Hebrides, Lewis is the northern half and Harris the south. You'll find Gaelic still widely spoken here on the Western Isles together with magnificent ancient monuments and sites around Calanais. Visitors should note that public transport is limited on the Isle of Lewis, so it's well worth considering hiring a car.  Car hire is widely available at Stornoway Airport and in island capital Stornoway.

Ancient Sites & Attractions on the Lewis Coast - photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy (Image credit: http://www.hebrideanselfcateringholidays.com)

Ancient Sites & Attractions on the Lewis Coast - photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy

Enjoy a host of outdoor activities on the Isle of Lewis, particularly sea kayaking and surfing, with best surfing spots including Cliff Beach and the Point of Ness on the northern tip of the island. Most of the island's population is based in Stornaway, so you'll find the countryside here remote and peaceful, with a choice of coastal trails, woodland walks or treks across the interior's moorland bog where you're likely to see red deer, golden eagles and corncrakes.

Explore the ancient crafts of the Isle of Lewis at Crofting Blackhouse villages and museums including The Gearrannan and Arnol Blackhouse Villages on the north coast. Essential visiting are the ancient Calanais Callanish Standing Stones, a cluster of prehistoric and Iron Age sites right in the heart of Lewis near Loch Roag.

Callanish Stones - photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy (Image credit: http://www.hebrideanselfcateringholidays.com)

Callanish Stones - photo courtesy of Ken Kennedy

There are fifty stones in all arranged in what looks like the pattern of Celtic cross from the air. The standing stones date from around 3,000BC and around Calanais sit a selection of other standing stone sites. Find the Calanais Callanish stones with adjacent visitor centre clearly signposted off the A858. Soak up the Isle of Lewis' ancient landscape, rich in prehistoric standing stones, outdoor activities and offering the ultimate rural retreat. Find places to stay on the Isle of Lewis online now. 

Accommodation on Isle of Lewis

  • Isle Of Lewis
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    This cottage sleeps five people in three bedrooms.
     
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  • Stornoway
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    £320
    Per week (seasonal), sleeps 2
     
    This is a lovely, ground floor apartment, situated in an historic, listed building, located in Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides and can sleep two people in one bedroom.
     
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  • Stornoway
     
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    This cosy B&B is set on a quiet, residential street overlooking Stornoway Harbour on the Isle of Lewis. It offers attractive rooms with sea and harbour views and free Wi-Fi,...
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