Ness or Nis

Lewis has a varied topography, with the land to the north of Stornoway largely comprised of undulating peat moorland and fresh water lochs. This landscape comes to a dramatic climax at the Butt of Lewis where the spectacular cliffs are home to several species of seabird including Fulmar Petrel, Kittiwake, Shag and Black Guillemot. Add to this the spectacle of hundreds of foraging Gannets and passing cetaceans, and you have one of the best wildlife watching areas in the Western Isles.

A 857 Northwards from Barvas, this route has many small art based businesses, ranging from potteries and art galleries to several first class photographers.

Past the Morven Gallery, stands the Trussel stone, the largest Standing Stone in Scotland (6 Mt.). This area was also the site of the last battle between the Macaulays and Morrisons.

A little further up the A857 on the opposite side are the Steinacleit Stone Set

On entering the village, is the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, or Ness Heritage Centre. This centre is a must to visit if you are interested in good quality local information about the past. It contains an impressive archive of documents, genealogical records, photographs, video and audio recordings and a café.

At Port of Ness is Harbour View Studio Gallery, with original paintings, fine art prints and greeting cards by Anthony J Barber.

Port of  Nis  is a picturesque fishing village, with a good beach. Other attractions include a wonderful play park for the children, the Sports Ness with its 10 pin bowling alley, sports and fitness areas and The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse.