Visiting the Isle of Lewis – Western Isles


The Isle of Lewis is situated at the western corner of the Western Isles, a group of islands also known as Hebrides Islands. Isle of Lewis is the largest island of the complex featuring an area of 1770 square km.

Lewis, along with Harris, compounds the isle of Lewis in Scotland. It is the lower lying part of the island with a more fertile land, as Harris is more mountainous. Lewis is a historical place; its rich cultural heritage can be identified in numerous myths and facts, in the local literature and in several different references. Its life today is much different than it used to be a few centuries ago; the once Presbyterian town, features now elements of the Gaelic language and tradition.

It is said that tradition in Lewis remains very strong; Sundays are still special days; people on the isle cherish the time they have to visit the church and participate in the Sunday mass. People in Lewis are known to be very hospitable and friendly, welcoming cordially the visitors to their ancient homeland.

The isle of Lewis features a unique and diverse habitat, being home to several endangered or rare species; the red deer, the golden eagle and several kinds of seals are known to live in the conservation areas of the isle. Lewis is, though, mostly known because of the ancient settlements and structures that remain intact until today.

The Calanais is one of the most known places in Lewis, attracting today numerous tourists. It is one of the most important megalithic complexes in the world; the set of stones form a circle that can be seen even from far away. It lies thirteen kilometers away from Stornoway, the main town of the isle and it was erected 4000 years ago.

Lewis has many restaurants, hotels and accommodation outlets and can accommodate the numerous tourists that visit the region every year.