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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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                                very warm and cosy cottage

                                5 of 5
                                had a wonderful week in this cottage. yes, the weather wasn't ideal, but it was the middle of November in outer hebrides. as others have commented, the cottage is like the tardis, looks small from the outside, but it does have plenty of room on the inside. large kitchen and very comfortable lounge. heating was excellent ! it has everything you could want for a holiday home. in a queit location, but just a few minutes walk from the beach. it was an ideal base for what we wanted, walking and photography
                                • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                Could not have been better!

                                5 of 5
                                This is a fantastic cottage in a beautiful location. The views of the sea and the sky from the windows are amazing. It is such a wonderful comfy place, full of interesting books about local history and wildlife that even a rainy day feels like a treat. The scenery is stunningly beautiful. I didn't know such turquoise sea existed in Britain! Thank you for the most relaxing holiday we've ever had.
                                • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2016
                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                That place where magic meets the sea

                                5 of 5
                                We arrived at Cnoc an Dudain in the dark as the ferry was running late. Luckily the owner had emailed us with brilliant directions. The place was clean, cosy and well-maintained. The fire had been laid ready for lighting and the bed was the most comfy I have ever slept in. The following morning we realised just how special a location in which the blackhouse is set. I was truly sorry to leave at the end of our week. Although we spent a lot of time visiting various beaches and dog-walking we also really appreciated time to sit and watch the variety of birds visiting the nearby sea-loch. Nine seals swam across the bay one morning to watch our two dogs paddling in the shallows. Berneray's local shop/tearoom is a very welcoming place to stock up on essentials (food/fuel/wine etc) or to eat breakfast or lunch. I would certainly recommend this place if you like walking, bird-watching, reading. Thankfully no tv or wifi at the blackhouse so plenty of time to shut out the world, relax and enjoy your surroundings. Thanks to the Snellgrove family for the opportunity to experience a traditional blackhouse in comfort.
                                • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2016
                                • Date of Stay: Oct 2016