• Accommodation on the Isle of Lewis
    Accommodation

    Discover a range of hidden gems from family run B &B's to relaxing hotels.

  • Shops and services on lewis
    Shops & Services

    Lewis has many Art and Craft galleries, as well as shops and services for visitors.

  • Attractions and things to do on the Isle of Lewis
    Attractions

    View a range of attractions, including boat trips, world famous monuments to secluded beaches.

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 2015-2016

Explore 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

Besides the range of popular Western Isles websites, we have composed a range of other website for places of interest, ranging from the Isles of Mull and Iona to  further afield we have produced websites for InvernessHobart in Tasmania and Almaty in Kazakhstan.

Coming Events

  • Outer Hebrides Diary

    Events on April 30, 2015
    NATIONAL THEATRE OF SCOTLAND: WHISKY GALORE
    Location: An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, SC HS1 2DS, United Kingdom
    Description: A new, Gaelic adaptation of the novel Whisky Galore by Compton MacKenzie Adapted for the stage by Iain Finlay MacLeod Directed by Guy Hollands Supported by Benromach World War II Location: Auditorium Cost: £10.00
    Events on May 16, 2015
    CHIRS STOUT & CATRIONA MACKAY
    Location: An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, SC HS1 2DS, United Kingdom
    Description: The crafting of their voice as a duo, which blends elemental intensity with graceful eloquence has drawn them to explore new music and new ideas for this partnership of traditional instruments. 20:00 - 22:30

    Location: Auditorium
    Cost: £10.00
    Events on May 22, 2015
    GRAEME STEPHEN + ZAPP4
    Location: An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, SC HS1 2DS, United Kingdom
    Description: 20:00 - 22:30
    This is an exciting new project featuring Award winning guitarist Graeme Stephen and the Amsterdam based string Quartet Zapp4 Location: Auditorium
    Cost: £12.00