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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.