Lewis | Colin Nutt

About

The Outer Hebrides' most northerly landmass has a rich history with a strong Gaelic culture, past and present. This gives the island living traditions and an active arts and music scene. Lewis’s dramatic coasts are home to a fantastic array of wildlife, from birds of prey to sea life. Whilst Lewis technically shares the same landmass as its southern neighbour Harris, an imposing mountain range effectively cut the 'islands' off from each other until relatively recently. Each corner of Lewis has something different to offer a visitor – its own features, stories, and history.

Famous For

  • The iconic Callanish Standing Stones are thought to have been erected around 5,000 years ago. More recently, they featured in the 2019 Christmas Special of Call The Midwife.

  • Dun Carloway Broch dates back over 2,000 years and is incredibly well preserved.

  • Lewis is home to the only town in the Outer Hebrides – Stornoway – which, in turn, is home to the famous black pudding!

Ask an Islander

  • If you have kids, exploring the castle grounds in Stornoway is great, with walking paths, cycle tracks, carved statues, the fairy houses and even Segway hire. It’s also a great place for spotting some wildlife like ducks and seals.

  • The Iolaire tragedy has been well remembered in Lewis, with a memorial you can visit in Sandwick and the more recently constructed memorial in South Beach at the pier in Stornoway, marking the 100 year anniversary.

  • The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse is said to be the windiest place in Britain and has jaw-dropping views over the waters.

  • If you want to hear Gaelic being spoken, head for Ness, a predominantly Gaelic-speaking area comprised of several villages.

Accommodation

More Information

You can find some additional information about Lewis at the links below

Visit Outer Hebrides - Lewis

COVID-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.

Getting here

Covid-19

Please check the latest rules on travelling to and around the Scottish islands on the Scottish Government website, including guidance on testing before you travel. Please note that advice may vary depending on the specific island you are visiting.


CalMac operates daily sailings from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway. It is also possible to drive to Lewis from the Isle of Harris. Find out more about getting to Harris.

Loganair operates flights between Stornoway and Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It also operates an inter-island flight between Stornoway and Benbecula.

Get Your Passport

You can find lots more information about things to see and do on the island, see some amazing island photography and collect your island stamp by downloading our app.

Download the app

App in phone

Download the Scottish Island Passport app to collect your island stamps! The app also provides lots more information on each island including recommendations from locals about things to see and do, info on how to get around, more stunning photos and useful offline maps.

  • Unlock Stamps - Collect them all! Stamp your passport when you visit each island - with an individual stamp designed to represent a unique aspect of island heritage.
  • Experiences - Discover the best experiences each island has to offer – from local boat trips to exciting traditional festivals, there is something for everyone.
  • Maps - Navigate the islands with useful offline maps, handy for areas where internet connectivity is weak.
  • Travel Jounals - Create an in-location travel journal with pictures from your island adventures, to look back on your trip.
  • Favourites - keep track of your most loved islands with the favourites feature. Available to access from your account on both the app and web.