Comunn Eachdraidh Nis records, preserves and promotes the history, language and culture of North Lewis for local and global communities and aims to promote social health and well-being through a range of activities for all ages.
If you are planning a visit to the Isle of Lewis then a visit to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is a must. Our museum, which is free to enter showcases a past, rural, island community way of life. The artefacts on display have been donated by the community over many years. The iconic Ronan Cross is our most important artefact - it is mounted on a bespoke stand in the centre of the museum. The centre has two exhibition areas with exhibitions usually changing twice each year.
The café provides a welcome pit stop for tourists and is also popular with local people. The Gaelic language is commonly spoken between customers and staff and the portraits on the wall have all been donated by local families. You can enjoy a freshly prepared light lunch of soup, sandwich, panini or wrap and finish it off with a speciality tea or coffee with homemade baking. Local produce is used wherever possible.
Our gift shop sells a wide range of locally made items including the Ishga skincare range, Harris Tweed merchandise and local knitwear. We also stock the Sandwick Bay and Essence of Harris range of candles including our own exclusive Comunn Eachdraidh Nis candle and diffuser ‘Soirée’ - the orange scent is inspired by a local story which is found inside each box. Also available is an ever-increasing range of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis in-house publications on local history as well as a wide selection of Gaelic books for both adults and children.
Facilities include accessible toilets, coach parking and free WiFi.
Please note we do not allow dogs, other than guide dogs, into the building.
From Stornoway: Travel North on the A857 for approximately 24 miles and Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is in the village of North Dell on your left on the main road.
Public transport: Lochs Motor Transport is the operator for North Lewis. See this link for timetables