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Welcome to The Isle of Lewis

The Isle of Lewis is at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Hebrides, or Western Isles. The Hebrides are known as the "long islands" as they stretch for 100 miles.   The other main islands in the Western Isles are the Isles of Harris North Uist Benbecula South Uist and Barra

Isle of Lewis introduction

Lewis is steeped in history and culture, ranging back thousands of years.  Ancient stone circles stand on the same land as modern Stornoway.  Gaelic is spoken alongside English, and Eagles live alongside Otters and people.  The contrast of the ages and cultures is experienced all over the isles of Lewis and Harris (both joined) both in the towns and out in the hills and mountains.  In the summer months local people can still be seen cutting the peats and in the winter, the distinctive dry smell of the peat fires drifts in the wind.  The name of  MacLeod  (son of Leod) is seen regularly in the phone books and on the name boards of shops, and the ending of "bost" on the place names, giving witness to the Viking past of the Isles.

Explore Outer Hebrides 2015-2016Explore Outer Hebrides Guide with Maps. Click to view and download

The Western Isles culture remains very strong, particularly in its religious beliefs. Sundays remain a very special day, and many people observe strict compliance to the "Free Church" traditional values.  It should be noted that at the time of writing this article there are no Sunday Ferry sailings and help on understanding the Lewis and Harris Sunday can be obtained by clicking here.  Failte, pronounced falche, is the Gaelic word for welcome and mo dhachaigh is Gaelic for my home.

The people of Lewis are by their nature very welcoming and would like to invite you to their ancient island home.  We hope that this website will help you to understand the Isle of Lewis and get the most from your visit to the island.

For more information about the History of the Isle of Lewis, click here

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We are back :). Open every day from 09.30 till 20.00 The weather is improving. First fun kayak trip done. Archery equipment is in, with Alicia as our new instructor. Bicycles are waiting to be hired out. Contact us for daily activities and availability. Hope to see you soon...... :)

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Does anyone know of any long term accommodation I.e. Croft house, gatehouse, farm/estate, cottage bungalow chalet or similar, maybe hard to let property? Something semi isolated? Or requiring modernising, painting etc.
We are a M50 & F38 I am long term disabled (22 yrs now) and my partner is my F/T carer, (I can walk but require wheelchair for long walks)
We require a bungalow preferably with level access to enter, a 1 or 2 bed property would suffice as just the two of us now, no kids, we don't smoke nor drink and are really just seeking peace & quiet as that's what's best for my various ailments, to get out of he rat race so to speak, we have two King Charles spaniels (that will cause little issue, as they go everywhere with us thus are never left home alone so to speak) but are generally well behaved anyway loving nothing more than a free run about and a dip in a watercourse for a drink and swim before going home again !!
The rent would require to be paid by the DWP rent benefit dept, but please do NOTE we are NOT unemployed thus have in the whole 25 some years we have had no issues in ever getting the rents covered, if it helps partner could look at possible P/T appointment as rental security, we will listen to anything "legal" mind as an alternative (always open to suggestion to be of mutual benefit to both parties is generally I find best long term) .
The property MUST have a bath (not just a walk in type shower cubicle as I require to soak my muscles daily) CH/DG wood burner or open fired have NO furniture as we have a full. 3 bedroomed property currently we would be vacating to take your property on, it's a local HA secure tenancy that we are willing to surrender in order to gain peace, quiet and just to get it the rat race, we would further requie a securely fenced in garden (for the dogs) a driveway directly up to property on some sort of hard standing so if wheelchair is required to aid my transfer from car to house this can be done easily, condition overall not really important so long as dry (from damp etc and totally safe (secure), and a totally detached dwelling.
We are both easy to get on with, keeping ourselves to ourselves, by in large, were happy to help where and if we can however, With some previous experience in animal husbandry, I am all but housebound now so am rarely seen through winter!! and not often in summer, we both have full clean driving licences and a new car, permission for shed, greenhouse and fencing to secure perimeters required if not already in place, as we grow a fair amount of veg and flowers and must keep our dogs safe and secure at all times, very close proximity to water, a loch, river or burn ideal for dogs walk, and when I'm able I like photography, WIFI must be able to be fitted, references available upon request, anything else feel free to ask, if you are not yourself able to help us but you know someone who can please ensure they get our details E- scotsmart@mail.com or PM me here Many thanks for reading we look forward to hearing from you in due course Dougie ....
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My son and I are planning a cycle ride from Vatersay to Stornoway this June. Couple of questions. Firstly, am I right there is little 3G coverage so best to use B&B/cafe/hotel wifi. Secondly, should we cycle up South Harris west or east road. Third, where are the worst hills! Thanks. ... See MoreSee Less

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