The Isle of Lewis consists of miles of atmospheric moorland, sparkling freshwater lochans and stunning white sand beaches with giant sea cliffs and rocky outcrops. It is the most northern island of the Outer Hebrides, along with Harris, which is located in the south part of this island.
The island’s main settlement is Stornoway, a busy port and the largest town in the Outer Hebrides. Stornoway has all the amenities and industry of a small mainland town, as well as a lively and vibrant social scene. Every summer Stornoway hosts the popular Hebridean Celtic Festival which takes place at various venues in and around the town, showcasing local and international talent and celebrating the culture and history of the region.
Variety is in the very character of the Outer Hebrides and the dramatic landscape of Lewis makes it perfectly suited to adventure. The strength and consistency of the Atlantic swells on the north west coast provide world-class surfing and the beaches at Mangersta, Cliff and Dalbeg are considered some of the best of this island. The sheer cliffs of Lewis are perfect for abseiling and the clear turquoise water, complex bays, secret coves and offshore islands are a sea kayaker’s paradise.
Lewis is a dream destination for birdwatchers as it is abundant with wildlife. The Butt of Lewis is particularly excellent for spotting kittiwakes, fulmars and cormorants and with miles of beaches and cliffs, you may even spot whales and dolphins off the north coast.