Western Isles Things to Do

  • LEWIS WAR MEMORIAL
    LEWIS WAR MEMORIAL
    by DAO
  • Fairy Foxglove
    Fairy Foxglove
    by geordiebutcher
  • Rose Root
    Rose Root
    by geordiebutcher

Western Isles Things to Do

  • THE CALLANISH STONES

    The Callanish Stones (Clachan Chalanais or Tursachan Chalanais in Gaelic) are ‘standing’ stones erected by ancient inhabitants of Lewis during the Neolithic period of between 2900 - 2600BC. There are actually a lot of monuments on the site - but the most famous is the ‘Callanish 1’ area. This is where the stones were first erected in a circle which...

    more
  • BURIAL CHAMBER OF THE CLAN MACLEODS

    If you drive to the very southern end of Lewis, you will come across St Clement's Church which is an amazing piece of history. In Gaelic is is called Tùr Chliamhainn (Clement's Tower) and dedicated to Pope Clement I (died AD99). It was commissioned in 1528 by Alasdair Crotach MacLeod, the 8th Chief of the Clan MacLeod (Also known as Alasdair...

    more
  • LEWIS WAR MEMORIAL

    The massive war memorial is built on the highest point on the Isle of Lewis. It is in the shape of a Scottish Baronial Tower and is 85 feet high. Originally it was built to commemorate the war dead of World War I and the victims of the Iolaire Disaster in 1919. It was built using only money from public donations and completed in August 1924. It...

    more
  • THE HMS IOLAIRE DISASTER

    The Iolaire was a large yacht which sank on the 1 January 1919 in the Minch - the body of water between Lewis and the mainland. The boat was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War and a total of 280 men. Only 75 of them survived after the boat hit rocks named "The Beasts of Holm" just a mile from Stornoway Harbour. 181 of those who...

    more
  • A Walk on the beach

    You won't find these beaches overrun with tourists. In fact don't be surprised if you have the whole beach to yourself ... nice!

    more
  • The Flora of the Hebrides

    The Outer Hebrides are well known for the abundance of wild flowers but it wasn't until I retired that I started to notice how beautiful they are so I started to photograph them

    more
  • Mount Stuart House

    An absolute must is a visit to Mount Stuart House, the home of the Marquess of Bute. It is a very spectacular Victorian Gothic house and was the architectural fantasy of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and his architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson. When the 3rd Marquess died in 1900 his widow continued with the project. Mount Stuart is the seat of the...

    more
  • Carloway Broch

    Carloway Broch is an interesting broch to see as it plainly shows the two separate walls that give stability and extra warmth to the broch. It is an intereting one as you can explore the inside but be careful as you go through the VERY low entrances, I stood up too soon and really hurt my back! There's a visitor's information centre just at the car...

    more
  • Renovated Thatched Houses

    Gearrannan Blackhouse Village.These thatched houses were destroyed in a storm 50 odd years ago and have recently been renovated and a museum and hostel opened on site. It is a place where you can experience the way of life of people living in the last century. The museum is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm throughout the summer but you can stroll amongst...

    more
  • Iolaire Tragedy

    After World War One the Iolaire was bringing back the surviving Hebridean soldiers. It was a stormy night and the ship ran aground just out of reach of shore. Due to the terrible storm raging around them, only 79 of the 284 men on board survived. This tragedy still haunts the residents of the Western Isles to this day as can be seen from the...

    more
  • Callanish Standing Stones

    The Callanish Standing Stones are a set of stones built in megalithic times, the purpose of which is widely debated. You can see them clearly from the road on the A858 and they are worth a look. It is one of the few sites on the island that you can actually go right up to and touch. Free entry.

    more
  • Whale Jawbone Arch

    This is a large arch created from the lower jawbones of a blue whale that washed up on the beach in 1920. It has a harpoon hanging from it which was retrieved from the carcass of the whale, unexploded. The man who found the whale had the harpoon in his shed when it eventually did explode but luckily he wasn't in there at the time.You can see the...

    more
  • The Machair

    The Machair is an essential ingredient in what makes the Western Isles such a special place. Basically it is a layer of flourishing flowery meadows behind the Western coastline of the isles. From May to September, when the flowers are blooming, this is a wonderful place to be at, even when the sun is not out. Machair grows on sand which is very...

    more
  • Calanish For Disabled Visitors

    Gaels tend to be a bit unorganized and sloppy at times. Maybe it is because of this that nowhere around the (accessible) visitors centre is there any mention of how disabled visitors can get to the standing stones. It's impossible from the visitors' centre due to extremely rough and loose gravel on the paths between the centre and the stones. You...

    more
  • Visiting The Callanish Standing Stones

    One of the main tourist attractions on the Isle of Lewis. You'll notice this when visiting in summer and watching the busloads of people being dropped off at the visitor's centre.The weather being really terrible, I had to use a tobacco colour graduated filter in order to get some contrast into the sky.

    more
  • Gaelic Music

    The Western Isles are famous for their distinctive musical traditions. There are so breathtakingly beautiful melodies and lyrics that even tough people will have problems holding back their tears. In Gaelic society, songs were sung all day long, accompanying all times of day and all kinds of activities. Among these, Waulking Songs and Mouth Music...

    more
  • Beautiful gardens at Ardencraig

    If you enjoy looking at flowers and wandering around gardens take a look at Ardencraig Gardens which are about 10 minutes walk uphill from Craigmore Pier. They are sheltered walled gardens, originally part of Ardencraig Estate. There is also an aviary and beside the garden there is a very nice tea room.

    more
  • Marble Chapel at Mount Stuart

    The Chapel in Mount Stuart really is unbelievably beautiful and I think work began on the Chapel in 1896.

    more

Western Isles Hotels

  • Cabarfeidh Hotel

    Doesnt look much from outside but the rooms are nice. Nice clean modern bathroom Food is...

    more
  • Isle of Barra Hotel

    Such potential in an amazing location on the beach. As soon as you move inside the experience soon...

    more
  • Royal Hotel

    Cromwell St, Stornoway, HS1 2DG, GB

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • The Seaforth Hotel

    11 James Street, Stornoway, Ross-shire HS1

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • Caladh Inn

    11 James Street, Stornoway, HS1 2QN, United Kingdo

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 2 out of 5 stars

  • County Hotel

    12-14 Francis Street, Stornoway, HS1 2XB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Braighe House

    20 Braighe Road, Stornoway, HS2 0BQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Holm View Guest House

    20 Braighe Rd, Rathad Am Braighe, Stornoway, HS2 0BQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Sandwick Bay

    30 Millar Road, Stornoway, HS1 2RX, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Top Western Isles Hotels

Stornoway Hotels
55 Reviews - 83 Photos
Barra Island Hotels
1 Review - 3 Photos

Instant Answers: Western Isles

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

27 travelers online now

Comments

Western Isles Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Western Isles things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Western Isles sightseeing.
Map of Western Isles