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Make a self catering cottage or holiday rental in the Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland your home away from home

The Isle of Lewis and Harris is on the northwest corner of the Hebrides, off the northwest coast of Scotland. The two remote isles are actually joined and can be driven between quite easy. This chain of islands, the Hebrides, is known as the “Long Islands” as they stretch for about 100 miles. Gaelic is commonly spoken here and island life goes on as it has for centuries, including the cutting of peat for fuel. The locals are extremely welcoming to visitors and the quiet area, particularly around Harris, enjoy spectacular scenery.

Things to Do on the Isle of Lewis and Harris Visit the Stone Circles

Lewis is steeped in ancient history and is littered with ancient stone circles, particularly near the village of Callanish (Calanais). The site dates back to 1800 BC and the tallest stone is an amazing 4.75m (15 feet 6 inches) high. Fishing

The Isle of Lewis and Harris have some of the best salmon and trout fishing anywhere with many lochs and rivers with access to the sea. The best time for salmon fishing is from June to September, especially after heavy rains or high spring tides. Boat trips

The natural way to see more of the Isle of Lewis and Harris is by boat. A trip around the coastline will reward visitors with many sightings of birds, seals, porpoises, dolphins and if you are lucky, whales!

Places to Visit on the Isle of Lewis and Harris

Stornoway

Stornoway is the largest burgh to visit from your holiday rental on the Isle of Lewis and Harris. This lovely seaside town was originally a Viking settlement and today the harbour hosts a small fishing fleet, a slipway and a Lifeboat station run by the volunteers of the RNLI.

Harris Tweed Textiles

These islands are known for their Harris Tweed and these are the last wholesale producers in Carloway, Isle of Lewis. See traditional looms and admire the designs of this local craft industry.

Whalebone Arch

Situated between two houses on the A857 is a magnificent arch made from the lower jawbones of a blue whale which came ashore in 1920.

Isle of Harris

The Isle of Harris has some of the best beaches in Britain with large open grassy plains known as “machairs”. This peaceful area has many small inlets and bays, each with their own peaceful village and magnificent scenery.

Weather in the Isle of Lewis and Harris

Like much of Scotland, temperatures are cool during the summer and chilly in the winter. Scotland is often cloudy and misty, but when the sun shines it is a truly beautiful place! Expect average summer highs to reach 61°F (16°C) and winter daytime highs to reach 44°F (7°C). The wettest months are from October to January.

Travel to the Isle of Lewis and Harris There are daily flights to Stornoway Airport from Inverness and Glasgow.

For passenger and vehicle ferries, the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service runs between Leverburgh and the Isle of Harris and from Ullapool and Wester Ross to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

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Isle of Harris Cottages - Isle of Lewis Self Catering (62)

 

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Comfortable, spacious & well equipped house with great views

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Very spacious, comfortable, well equipped family house. Good communication by owner. Generous welcome pack. Very clean and a true home from home. Very well situated with long reaching views and lovely to see the sheep and lambs grazing in the adjacent croft. Would definitely recommend staying here and would definitely return in the future.
  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018

So want to give this 5 stars, but.....

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The location is perfect and the apartment extremely spacious. Beautifully, expensively, furnished if the ‘Scandinavian’ style is to your taste. The staff are really friendly, welcoming, helpful and knowledgeable. Lews Castle ticks so many boxes; it is a fabulous place to stay,in beautiful grounds and I would not hesitate to stay again. (THis was my 2nd visit.) So why not 5 stars? Two things really. It would be three things but I don’t think it would be fair to include references to that monstrosity of a building to the rear of the castle which completely destroys the beautiful castle building and grounds back there. Firstly, and on a practical level, can we please have some coat hooks and shelving in the bathroom. It may sound a small insignificant issue but it was a real pain when trying to lay out toiletries, dry towels etc. You need shelving and hooks in a bathroom!! Secondly, as I’ve said before, the apartment was beautifully furnished. This old, grand castle is on an island in the Outer Hebrides, part of Scotland. There is absolutely no indication anywhere in the apartment, bar and overall building of the heritage of the structure and the country it is in. Come on Natural Retreats, the castle is in beautiful Scotland. Don’t hide that fact in your furnishings. Scandinavian design may look smart but it is cold. Be proud of the castle’s Scottish location and heritage and make some reference to it in the furnishings and decoration inside that coldly furnished building, please.
  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2018