Historic Building in Lewis (Leodhais)

Arnol Blackhouse

One of Scotland’s most evocative historic buildings, the Arnol Blackhouse is not so much a museum as a perfectly preserved fragment of a lost world. Built in 1885, this traditional blackhouse – a combined byre, barn…
Historic Site in Callanish (Calanais)

Callanish Standing Stones

The Callanish Standing Stones, 15 miles west of Stornoway on the A858 road, form one of the most complete stone circles in Britain. It is one of the most atmospheric prehistoric sites anywhere. Sited on a wild and s…
Landmark in Lewis (Leodhais)

Butt of Lewis

The Butt of Lewis – the extreme northern tip of the Hebrides – is windswept and rugged, with a very imposing lighthouse, pounding surf and large colonies of nesting fulmars on the high cliffs. There’s a bleak sense …
Castle in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Lews Castle

The Baronial mansion across the harbour from Stornoway town centre was built in the 1840s for the Matheson family, then owners of Lewis; it was gifted to the community by Lord Leverhulme in 1923. A major redevelopme…
Museum in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Museum nan Eilean

The 'Museum of the Isles' opened in 2017, occupying a modern extension built onto the side of Lews Castle. Artefacts, photos and videos celebrate the culture and history of the Outer Hebrides and explore traditional…
Historic Site in Great Bernera

Iron Age House

In 1996 archaeologists excavated an entire Iron Age village at the head of Bosta beach. Afterwards, the village was reburied for protection, but a reconstruction of an Iron Age house now stands nearby. Gather round …
Historic Site in Lewis (Leodhais)

Dun Carloway

Dun Carloway is a 2000-year-old, dry-stone broch, perched defiantly above a beautiful loch with views to the mountains of North Harris. The site is clearly signposted along a minor road off the A858, a mile southwes…
Museum in Callanish (Calanais)

Calanais Visitor Centre

This visitor centre near the Callanish Standing Stones is a tour de force of discreet design. Inside is a small exhibition that speculates on the origins and purpose of the stones, and an excellent cafe.
Arts Centre in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

An Lanntair Arts Centre

The modern, purpose-built An Lanntair (Gaelic for 'lighthouse'), complete with art gallery, theatre, cinema and restaurant, is the centre of the town’s cultural life. It hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary ar…
Beach in Great Bernera


On a sunny day, it’s worth making the long detour to Great Bernera's northern tip for a picnic at the perfect little sandy beach of Bosta. As an alternative to driving, there’s a signposted 5-mile coastal walk from …