We had an amazing week on Lewis staying in a gorgeous little property on the west coast. You can read more about 27 Garenin here and watch a video tour of the property. There are so many great places to visit including these 10 favourite locations of ours. Which is your personal favourite?
The prehistoric standing stones at Callanish are incredibly intriguing, particularly as nobody can say for definite why they were erected. The visitor centre has a great display explaining life at the time the stone circle was created and several potential reasons as to why they were placed in this specific location and what they were used for. Rather than a simple circle, the stones are formed into a shape similar to a celtic cross and we loved getting up close to the stones and wondering why they were placed there.
Dalmor beach is just a short drive North of Carloway, where we were staying. The beautiful sand is perfect for digging and playing in and of course there is also the sound of the Atlantic waves crashing onto the beach. Extra bonus at this beach are the toilets at the car parking area.
Bosta Iron Age House
In 1993 a storm revealed an iron age village buried in the sand dune at Bosta. After later excavations there were many interesting discoveries about the site and it was decided that a replica house should be built. The house is based on those that were discovered during excavations. The guide inside the house was extremely informative and as I was so engrossed in listening to her talk I completely forgot to take photos inside the house! Remember to bring some cash to pay for entry into the house (I think it was around £3 and adult and £2 a child), it’s well worth a visit in all weathers.
Bosta also has a beautiful beach with plenty of sand, rocks to climb and beautiful turquoise waters to paddle in (or swim in if you are brave). There are toilets at the car park and if you are hungry stop at the little cafe in Breaclete at the community hall. Very tasty food and good service!
Lews Castle – Museum Nan Eilean
When I realised that the Museum Nan Eilean at Lews Castle had some of the Lewis Chessmen on display, I had to visit. However, I didn’t expect it to be quite so exciting for the kids. I was completely wrong, the kids LOVED it! There were plenty of interactive exhibits for them to get involved in and lots of interesting anecdotes for us to read to them.
The museum is in the perfect location to explore the woodlands and Stornoway too, you could easily spend a whole day in around the museum!
Butt of Lewis
The Butt of Lewis is the most Northerly point in the Hebrides and is apparently the windiest place in the UK. That doesn’t surprise me considering the conditions when we visited it! There is a circular walk around the cliff tops where you can enjoy the interesting rock formations, cliffs and bird life.
We were also lucky enough to see dolphins just to the East of the lighthouse. They were rather active with lots of leaps out of the water and just fantastic to watch.
Unfortunately the day we visited Uig was the one day of rain on our holiday. The sands must look gorgeous on a sunny day, but we could hardly see through the fog to find the beach when we arrived! It took a lot longer to find the beach than we thought, you have to drive past the petrol station to the other side of the bay and park at a campsite (very clean toilets available to use).
A short walk down to the sands and I was amazed at how far they stretched. We didn’t actually walk out to the sea as it was a fair distance away. Also, only half an hour after we arrived we had a mad dash back to the car in torrential rain, so we didn’t get to spend so much time at Uig as we had hoped.
Gearannan Blackhouse Village
Gearannan Blackhouse Village Museum consists of a refurbished blackhouse, including working loom, film, shop and cafe. We were shown how the Harris Tweed was made and the boys were rather impressed at the speed of the loom working.
The blackhouse was only a 5 minute walk from where we were staying and the boys loved visiting.
Dun Carloway Broch
Dun Carloway Broch was located a short drive from our cottage and is a rather interesting site. There is a small parking area and then a short walk to the broch. The information board tells you more information about the broch and you can explore inside easily.
The broch is dated from the 1500’s and will have been used by a family to live in and also as defense in later years. The small visitor centre just above the car park area has a great little display of what it would be like to live in the broch when it was first built.
Below the blackhouse village at Garenin is a lovely beach. Mainly pebbles, but at low tide there is plenty of sand for the kids (and big kids!) to play in. There are also plenty of rocks to climb around the bay, as our eldest had great fun doing!
Whilst at Uig Sands (sheltering from the rain!) we visited the heritage museum at Timsgarry. There is a lovely community cafe with great food and a small park outside. The museum itself has information on the Lewis Chessmen that were found in the nearby sand dunes as well as information on the area’s history.
The museum is only small, but there is a lot of information packed in! Great place to combine a visit to the sands along with lunch at the cafe.
We filmed some of our Hebridean adventures and you can watch some of our highlights below.
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Have you visited any of these places on Lewis?