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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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Excellent cottage - clean, warm welcome & very well provisioned.

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We would highly recommend this holiday cottage. We were met and welcomed by the owners, the cottage has everything you could need and is in a great location.
  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2017

Backhill Cottage - perfection on Berneray

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If you are looking for a base to explore the Outer Hebrides Backhill Cottage should be on anyone's shortlist and it is only a short walk from the Berneray ferry and 20 minute drive from the ferry terminal in Lochmaddy. First impressions surpassed all our expectations - especially the location only metres from the sea which is perfect for bird, seal and otter spotting and there was something very restful about tuning into the rise and fall of the tides. The cottage is really well laid out for 2 people and incredibly cosy and tastefully decorated - the stove that was set for our arrival didn't have to be lit in the week we spent there. The massive bed with a sea view was special as was the power shower that set us up for each day. We arrived to find chilled prosecco and nibbles in the fridge - a gesture much appreciated. The bookshelves are full of guides, maps and literature which compliment the island experience. The beaches on Berneray and the neighbouring islands are up there with the best in the world and we spent a lot of time exploring the dunes, surf and rockpools - the closest only a short walk from the cottage. As seasoned cottage renters we could find absolutely nothing to fault about Backhill cottage and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for accommodation on the islands.
  • Review Submitted: Oct 09, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017