Things to see & do on Lewis and Harris

There are plenty of things to do on Lewis and Harris. From rugged island landscapes and pristine beaches to friendly Hebridean culture and ancient history, here are some of our recommendations for things to do in Lewis, Harris and the main town on the islands, Stornoway.

  1. Calanais Standing Stones Calanais, Lewis

    Die Calanais Standing Stones, Isle of Lewis

    It's now over 9,000 years since the first people explored and lived on these islands, and there are some remarkable reminders left behind. The Calanais Standing Stones are older than the Pyramids of Giza and are surrounded by an atmosphere of romance and mystery. Located on the west of coast of the Isle of Lewis, there are still questions as to what this stone circle was built and used for. Discover more about its history, archeology and story at the visitor centre, which also has a small gift shop selling local makers and artists and a café with beautiful views out over Loch Roag.

    Please note, the visitor centre is currently closed for refurbishment and due to reopen in 2025 but you can still access the stones.

    • Parkplatz
    • Mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln erreichbar
    • Haustiere willkommen
    • Höhranlage
    • Barrierefreier Zugang
    • Barrierefreie Toiletten
    • WLAN
    • Café oder Restaurant
  2. Museum Nan Eilean Stornoway, Lewis

    Lews Castle & Museum, Stornoway

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Uncover the island's past and find out how it has shaped the way of life today at the newly redeveloped Museum nan Eilean in Lews Castle. Six of the iconic Lewis Chessmen are on display here, after they were uncovered in Uig on the west coast of Lewis in the 19th century. You can also take a stroll in the surrounding woodland, as well as admire the epic views out over the town of Stornoway.


  3. Beaches Lewis and Harris

    Seilebost Beach, Isle of Harris

    A trip to Lewis and Harris isn't complete without visiting some of the amazing beaches around the islands, with their white sands and deep blue waters. A beach stroll is the perfect way to disconnect and engage with nature and each one has its own character and stunning views of the atlantic and the islands. Luskentyre Sands on Harris was named one of the UK's best beaches in the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.

  4. Blackhouse at Arnol Arnol, Lewis

    Das Blackhouse Museum, Isle of Lewis

    There are few trees on Lewis and Harris, so those who lived here long ago had to be more creative with what they used to keep warm. The quaint thatched houses have been preserved to give visitors an insight into what life was like for islanders in the 1800s, where families and their animals would share these small spaces. The blackhouse takes its name from the open hearth peat fires that kept the family warm and filtered smoke out through the roof. Visiting the blackhouse is a great way to connect with the history and culture of the islands and be transported back in time.

    • Parkplatz
    • Mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln erreichbar
    • Haustiere willkommen
    • Barrierefreie Toiletten
  5. Stornoway Stornoway, Lewis

    Der Hafen von Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

    Stornoway is the main settlement on Lewis, and the largest town in the Outer Hebrides. Visit the harbour to see the fishermen at work and sample their fresh catches in the restaurants in the town. You can also wander the streets and enjoy the local shops and cafés to sample some of the islands best food, drink and produce including the world-famous Harris Tweed. 

  6. Tarbert Harris

    The sea is almost a perfect mirror, reflecting the low hills of Harris and the small fishing boats in the bay

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam, all rights reserved

    Tarbert is the main ferry terminal for Harris and a great place to catch one of the many boat tours out to see the puffins and razor bills. The Isle of Harris is full of dramatic island landscapes and Tarbert is nestled against the backdrop of the valley that slopes down to the port. It has a collection of quaint shops selling knitwear and local art, as well as being the home to the Isle of Harris Distillery which is well worth a visit. The distillery runs tours and tastings of their world-renowned gin and their newly produced whisky, The Hearach. There's a roaring fire to welcome you in and a small but trendy café serving hot drinks and local bakes. 

  7. St Kilda St Kilda

    St Kilda, Äußere Hebriden

    © VisitScotland / Airborne Lens

    Taking a trip to St Kilda is a truly unique and special experience. Enjoy the journey of a lifetime with an adventurous boat trip to the island recognised by UNESCO for its natural and cultural heritage. St Kilda has the highest sea cliffs in Britain, the largest colony of guillemots in the world, the oldest and largest colony of fulmars, the biggest colony of puffins in Britain and over one million birds in total! This incredible volcanic archipelago was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1930, but you can still visit the old village and imagine what life might have been like on the remote island.

  8. Gearrannan Blackhouse Village Carloway, Lewis

    Das Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Isle of Lewis

    © VisitScotland / Paul Tomkins

    A restored traditional crofting township, Gearrannan Blackhouse Village has nine cottages which were lived in until 1974. Watch the weaving of Harris Tweed, which has protected status and can only be made in the Outer Hebrides. Make sure you pause  and take in the views of the secluded bay of Carloway nearby.

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