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Hebridean Holiday Cabins (Harris View)

Self Catering Glamping Pods in the Isle of Lewis, each with a double bed, sofa bed and en-suite shower. Decking area with stunning mountain views, relax at night and watch the spectacular sunsets. Centrally located and perfect for touring Lewis and Harris and close to many of the main visitor attractions in Lewis. Just 10 minutes from the popular Carloway Broch, and Dalmore beach and just along the road from the Famous Callanish Stones.

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Taigh Solas Self Catering Cottage

During June, July and August, there is a minimum 7 nights stay Saturday to Saturday. Taigh Solas is a pet friendly, detached, centrally heated, 2 bedroom bungalow on the stunning island of Great Bernera, on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. The property is positioned on our croft and is securely fenced. There are two double bedrooms, with plenty of storage, a comfortable living room and stunning views across Loch Roag. The Iron Age House, Bosta Beach, Callanish Standing stones are all nearby.

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Abhainn Cottage

Luxury Hebridean Cottage with spa bath, sauna, stunning mountain views and a cosy open fire. Located in the peaceful village of Breasclete which sits on the shores of Loch Roag a perfect base for visiting Lewis and Harris.

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No 46
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Log cabin beside historic Broch
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Beautiful - Shulishader Steps - Isle of Lewis
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The Loom Shed
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Blackhouse at Tigh nan Seileach,
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Bayview Croft House
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"Sandy" Cosy 1 bedroom Log Cabin
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The yurt @ Ranish , Quirky , comfortable space ❤️
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Picturesque Setting 10 minutes walk to Stornoway
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Corran Brae self catering
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  2. Crossbost, near Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
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Your guide to Isle of Lewis

All About Isle of Lewis

Situated off the northwest coast of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis is an enchanting region in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar, or the Western Isles, where rolling grassy hills and jagged cliffs frame turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. Despite its name, the Isle of Lewis is not a separate island but forms part of a larger island with Harris in the Outer Hebrides. It is a sparsely populated region with its town, Stornoway, and most of its villages dotted around the coastline. The central area comprises the Lewis Peatlands, a plateau containing a vast swathe of peat, which is still used by the local community for heating.

Visitors can explore the dramatic seascapes of the island, taking in striking cliffs and rock formations, sheltered coves, and exquisite beaches, including Uig and Valtos beaches. The Lewis villages appear locked in time with a strong sense of community spirit, with Gaelic freely spoken and traditional Celtic music celebrated. The windswept landscapes here show traces of the past, from the 5,000-year-old Calanais Standing Stones to hilltop Dun Carloway Broch from the Iron Age. The Blackhouse in Arnol dates from the late 1800s, while the Lewis Chessmen in the Museum nan Eilean are evidence of the island’s Viking past.


How do I get around Isle of Lewis?

As the Isle of Lewis is on an island, the two methods of arriving are by plane and by ferry. The Isle of Lewis also has its own airport, Stornoway Airport (SYY), which accepts flights from around the rest of Scotland and connects to Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands has ferries to Stornoway, transporting passengers and vehicles in around 2.5 hours. There are also ferries that sail between the different islands in the Outer Hebrides.

Bus services are available throughout the region, but be aware that they do not normally run on Sundays. You may rent a car in Stornoway or bring your own with you on the ferry if you’d like the convenience of moving about the island at your own pace. Cycling is also popular, with the Isle of Lewis forming part of the Hebridean Cycle Way, which goes all the way up to the red-brick Butt of Lewis Lighthouse at the far north of the island.


When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Isle of Lewis?

Spring can be wet, so make sure you’re prepared for windy coastal walks with a waterproof coat and sturdy shoes. Most visitors book holiday cottages here for May through August, when temperatures are higher and the daylight hours are longer for walking around the coastline. Many local events occur during this time, like an international film festival that takes place throughout the Hebrides over a week in July. Also in July, the four-day Hebridean Celtic Festival in front of Lews Castle in Stornoway is one of the largest festivals on the island. Late summer sees carpets of heather light up the landscape, and you’ll notice birds starting their migration overhead in the autumn as evenings get gradually cooler and darker. Although temperatures are more comfortable from spring through to autumn, rapidly changing conditions mean that you’ll always be glad of at least a light jacket, and winds can be fierce along the coast.

The days are much shorter in the winter, with stronger winds and higher rainfall coming in from the Atlantic. The longer nights are celebrated in February when the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival is held, taking advantage of the low levels of light pollution in the area, and you might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. Be aware that Stornoway is a deeply religious town, with most businesses closed on Sundays.


What are the top things to do in Isle of Lewis?

Uig Sands

On the west coast of the Isle of Lewis is one of the most spectacular beaches in the region, Uig Beach. The word “Uig” is Norse for “bay,” and the area boasts a huge bay area with a wide expanse of sand set against a backdrop of rolling green mountains and surrounded by captivating rock formations. The region is known for being the site of one of the greatest archaeological finds in the area, as the Lewis Chessmen were discovered here in 1831.

Calanais Stone Circle

About a half-hour west of Stornoway are the Calanais Standing Stones, which date between approximately 2900 and 2600 BC. A 4.8-metre stone monolith stands in the centre, with 13 smaller stones surrounding it and more stones scattered around the area. The site has a visitor centre, cafe, and an exhibition called “Story of the Stones,” where you can discover the various theories behind this Neolithic monument.

Museum nan Eilean

The first Gaelic-led museum in the United Kingdom, Museum nan Eilean was built in 2016 in a modern glass building next to Lews Castle in Stornoway. It explores life over millennia in the Outer Hebrides, with six of the Lewis Chessmen at its heart. The museum also includes personal accounts from Hebridean residents about their unique lives here.