Things to Do: The Top 5

There are so many things to do, places to go and sights to see that one visit to Lewis will never be enough. But a good place to start is with our favourite, family-tested Top 5…

5. Happi-Ness

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The north west area of Lewis is known as Ness. There’s so much to see and do here, but one essential stop is the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse. Situated at the most northerly point of Lewis, it is also the windiest place in the UK! Built in 1862 the unusual red brick lighthouse is 37 metres high – its sweeping light can be seen on a clear night from Hebridean Huts. This is also the perfect place to spot all manner of seabirds, seals and the occasional whale, shark or dolphin if you have your binoculars at the ready. On the way home why not have a shot on the flying fox at The Eoropie Dunes Play Park where the fun is spread over four acres of sand dunes!

4. Beaches, Beaches, Beaches

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One of the major attractions in the Hebrides is the beaches. Stunning expanses of golden sand lapped by clear, turquoise water… it’s a scene you’d expect in the Caribbean, rather than in Scotland! But here, across the islands there are so many beautiful beaches to visit, and usually you’ll have the spectacular sands all to yourself. How many can you cross off your list? Start with Eoropie, Port of Ness, Tolsta, Uig and Reef beach. If there’s time, head to Harris for the day. Once you’ve passed the must-see moon rocks of North Harris, the splendours of Luskentyre, Scarista and Northton await. Don’t forget to pack the picnic!

3. Historic Stories

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Step back in time by visiting the outstanding historical attractions the islands have to offer. Begin with the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village where a unique group of restored cottages nestle in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Stop off at the Carloway Broch, one of the best preserved Iron Age homes of tribal leaders. Next, it’s the Arnol Blackhouse, a traditional, fully furnished Lewis thatched house that provides a unique insight into island life.

2. Standing Stones

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You’ve seen the film, now see the stones in real life! Featured in Pixar’s animated hit Oscar-winning film ‘Brave’, the Callanish Stones are one of the most significant and important stone circles in Europe. Marvel at the megalithic structure that’s almost five thousand years old… then have an ice-cream in the Calanais Visitor Centre. Don’t forget your camera for this one!

1. Set Sail on a Seatrek Adventure

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In at number one – our most exciting and exhilarating trip ever was a Seatrek Lagoon and Sea Eagles Tour. We saw seals, birds we’d never seen before, hidden beaches and crystal clear lagoons. We spotted a Sea Eagle from afar and, to round off the ride in the RIB a giant ‘Jaws’, in the form of a basking shark, made an appearance. A truly unforgettable adventure!

Some Other Useful Links…

General Information on the Hebrides

http://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/

Current ‘What’s On’ Listings including festivals, films, exhibitions and more…

Local events, walks and talks – organised by The Galson Trust

Local Nature Reserve at Loch Stiapabhat

Recent Wildlife Sightings including Birds and Marine Life