The Isle of Lewis is part of the remote Western Isles off the West Coast of Scotland. For a holiday in stunning and tranquil surroundings and for white sandy beaches think about coming to this part of the world. Both Lewis and Harris is one island forming part of this archipelago.
Full of peat bog, ancient standing stones and tradition this is an excellent place for bird watching and for walking. The administrative capital, Stornoway, has a bustling harbour and pretty coloured house fronts and small airport connecting with the mainland. Nearby the Standing Stones of Callanish is a dramatic scene in Northern Lewis. More ancient sites can be explored at Carloway Broch, a Pictish tower over 2000 years old.
At Arnol visit the Black House Museum to get an insight into the history of crofting. Lewis has a number of peat moors which stretch south to Harris with its mountainous landscape. Take a boat trip over to the eerily deserted Island of St Kilda which was abandoned by the population. Look out for Harris Tweed produced on the island and local crafts. The whisky produced here has a distinctive peaty flavour and a visit to local distilleries is a great way to become accustomed to this Scottish specialty.
Look out for Gaelic singing and music in the local pubs around the island. With so many beautiful and deserted beaches to explore there is no shortage of cove to enjoy on a visit to Lewis. Try some hill walking or coastal paths and perhaps some cycling. Fishing is very popular here and there are boat trips to see some of the local wildlife. With excellent local food and some real tradition this is an intriguing and delightful place to spend time and enjoy a holiday.