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Local Attractions

Callanish Standing Stones

One of the most significant and important megalithic complexes in Europe. The most impressive set of stones is called Callanish 1 and the circle can be seen clearly from the main road (A858). It consists of rows of large pieces of Lewisian Gneiss arranged in a cross shape. At the centre of the cross is a monolith and a small chambered cairn. 




Carloway Broch

The broch 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 defent, and were probably the homes of tribal leaders and important members of the community. They are built with two concentric walls of stone, with a stairway or gallery within the walls to the upper floors. The Broch at Carloway is one of the best preserved in the Hebrides and dates back over 2000 years.


Gearannan Blackhouse Village

Sited in an environment of outstanding natural beauty at Carloway on the Atlantic coast of the Isle of Lewis, this unique group of restored thatched cottages should be included in the itinerary of all visitors to the island. Step back in time, learn abou the experience the way of life in a typical crofting township of the last century. See traditional activities, including the weaving of the famous Harris Tweed. Buy some momentoes of your visit in the village shop and relax in the cafeteria where you can enjoy the best of home-made fare.



Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

The Butt of Lewis was manned by three Keepers who lived at the Station with their families. The Station's claim to fame, according to the "Guinness Book of Records" some years ago is that it was the windiest spot in the United Kingdom.

The fog signal at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was discontinued in 31 March 1995.

The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was automated on 30 March 1998 and is now remotely monitored from the Board’s headquarters in Edinburgh.

The Butt of Lewis is also one the General Lighthouse Authorities transmitting stations for Differential GPS.



Lewis Sports Centre

Enjoy the brand new facilities at the Sports Centre in Stornoway, fitness centre, pool, games hall, squash courts, health suite and climbing wall. Special "fun" sessions for children. Soft play area also available.


Stornoway Museum

Established in 1983 by the Western Isles Council, the building once was the Secondary Dept for the Nicolson Institute. The museum hold collections of object, photographs, prints and paintings, and archives illustrating the archaeology, social domestic and economic history of the islands.


Lews Castle

Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive Lews Castle (not Lewis Castle) was built in the mid 1800's by a rich merchant called Sir James Matheson of the Jardine Matheson company. Sir James bought the island of Lewis in 1844, developed this wonderful woodland area and built his mock Tudor castle. Lord Leverhume bought the building, complete with the island, in 1918, and in 1923 gave it back to the people of Lewis. The castle has been used since as a hospital in the Second World War, and also as a college and school, before being deemed unsafe.




An Lanntair

An Lanntair is in the centre of Stornoway near the bus station and the ferry terminal. It serves food all day, stages exhibitions, live music and events, shopping and creative workshops. Traditional music, varied art exhibitions, cafe bar restaurant with its lovely views out over the harbour.


The Lewis Chessmen 

One notable beach is at Uig, not just because of its extensive golden sands, but also 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, from the husks of Walrus teeth. Uig Community and Heritage Centre for information, history and tearoom.

Our daughter Amy and Sebo the dog


Harris Tweed Textiles, Carloway Mills

An independent wholesale producer of Harris Tweed. You will be able to view all the processes involved in the manufacturing of this world famous tweed. Visits are by appointment only.