Things To See & Do in Lewis, Harris & Stornoway

From rugged island landscapes to ancient history, there are plenty of things to do on Lewis and Harris. Detox from the everyday and experience the friendly Hebridean culture, craft and scenery on these atmospheric islands. 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

    Les mégalithes de Calanais, île de Lewis, Hébrides extérieures

    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 wrapped in 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. They're a must-visit for any Outlander fan, where you can be swept away by the atmospheric romance of one of the best-preserved stone circles in Scotland. They were also the stones that influenced Disney's Brave, so you know it's an inspiring spot! 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.

    • Parking
    • Itinéraire desservi par les transports en commun
    • Animaux de compagnie bienvenus
    • Boucle magnétique
    • Accès au niveau du sol
    • Toilettes accessibles
    • Wi-Fi
    • Cafétéria ou restaurant
  2. Museum Nan Eilean Stornoway, Lewis

    Lews Castle and Museum in Stornoway

    © VisitScotland / Kenny Lam

    Lews Castle is one of the best things to do in Stornoway. 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, Luskentyre Sands

    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

    The Blackhouse Museum, Arnol

    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. Be transported back in time with a visit to the blackhouse to deeply connect with the history and culture of the islands.

    • Parking
    • Itinéraire desservi par les transports en commun
    • Animaux de compagnie bienvenus
    • Toilettes accessibles
  5. Stornoway Stornoway, Lewis

    Le port de Stornoway, île de Lewis

    Stornoway is the main settlement on Lewis, and the largest town in the Outer Hebrides. Visit the harbour and soak up the sights of the bistling town, from fishermen at work bringing in the morning's fresh catch to brightly coloured boats bobbing on the shore. Wander the streets and enjoy the local shops and cafés. Make sure you 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

    L’archipel de Saint-Kilda, îles Hébrides extérieures

    © 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

    Le village de « blackhouses » de Gearrannan, île de 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. The colours of the area are reflected in the unique dyes and materials used to create each bespoke product so you can take a piece of the Hebrides home with you. Make sure you also pause and take in the views of the secluded bay of Carloway nearby, watching the shifting colours of the sea and sky.

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