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The Hebridean Isles are commonly referred to as “Europe’s last wilderness”.  The Outer Hebrides of Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra form a chain of islands situated off the west coast of Scotland.  Lewis is the largest of the islands with around 17,000 inhabitants of which around 8,000 live in the largest settlement and only town of Stornoway. The islands have something to offer for everyone.

The sanctuary seekers come for the feeling of isolation and escape.  The peace and tranquility, breathtaking scenery and the miles of unspoiled golden beaches rolling into the aqua blue seas.

Geologists come for the ancient Lewisian Gneiss, the rock which makes up the islands and clocks it at a stunning 3000 million years old. 

Archaeologists arrive and head to the neolithic standing stones at Calanais (Callanish) and the Pictish “broch” in Carlabhaigh (Carloway).

Wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers come for the natural habitat which is recognised as being of national and international importance and include areas of specific scientific interest and special protection. These are home to many varieties of birds, mammals and plants including some rare species, such as the puffin, golden eagle, plovers, corncrake, basking shark, whale, dolphin and otter.

Surfers and adventurers are drawn here for the world-class outdoor playground. Year round swells & reef breaks, challenging cliffs and mountain crags, deserted stretches of beach and undiscovered bays and coves.

Culture and heritage seekers are charmed by the rich and distinctive celtic culture and strong sense of tradition. Crofting, peat-cutting, fishing and Harris Tweed weaving are a large part of daily life. Gaelic is spoken and traditional music and dance are common at many local venues. Stornoway is also home to the popular Hebridean Celtic Festival.

Others may prefer to stroll around the vibrant Stornoway town centre and enjoy the shops, café, restaurants & pubs, with local seafood and regular live traditional music.

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Things to see and do

Places to see

Calanais Stones

Carloway Broch

Norse Mill & Kiln, Shawbost

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Iron Village, Bosta

Rodel Church

Lews Castle & Grounds

St. Columba’s Church, Aignish

Arnol Blackhouse

St. Kilda (World Heritage site)

Things to do

Sailing : Hill walking

Kayaking : Cycling

Kiting : Fishing

Surfing : Bird-watching

Climbing : Walking

Diving : Golfing


Live music sessions

Indoor sports

Places to go

Woodlands centre

An Lanntair Arts Centre

Calanais visitor centre

Don’t miss!

The Hebridean Celtic Music Festival 13th - 16th July 2016   

- 25 Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DR -