Welcome to Western Lewis

From Miavaig, the road continues west through a rocky defile to Timsgarry and the vast, sandy expanse of Traigh Uige (Uig Sands). The famous 12th-century Lewis chess pieces, made of walrus ivory, were discovered in the sand dunes here in 1831.

The minor road that continues south from Timsgarry to Mealista passes a few smaller, but still spectacular, white-sand and boulder beaches on the way to a remote dead end; on a clear day you can see St Kilda on the horizon.

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Western Lewis in detail