Here is a selection of sites around the Isle of Lewis:
Callanish Standing Stones
This has to be the highlight of any visit to Lewis. They are quite simply a marvel, older than Stonehenge and one of the most of significant monolithic complexes in Europe. A must.
The Blackhouses at Gearrannan and Arnol
An original Highland village where visitors can get a feel for the life of crofters in the Outer Isles. Some of the blackhouses on Lewis were still inhabited up till the 1970s. The centre at Gearrannan also has a Museum and cafe.
St Columba’s Church Ui
One of the oldest churches on Lewis, dating back to the late 14th century. It is the burial place of the Clan Chiefs of both the MacLeods and MacKenzies and a favourite destination for those wishing to trace their ancestry.
An impressive Iron Age Fort near Loch an Duin.
The Trussel Stone
At 6 metres high, it is the highest single standing stone in Scotland.
Overlooking the harbour of Stornoway, this mock Tudor castle was built in the 1880s. It served as a hospital during the Second World War and is now in the process of being re-developed for the tourist industry.
An arts venue which is home to theatre, cinema, music, dance and exhibitions. Check their programme to see what’s on.
The Uig Chessmen
Discovered in 1831 and dating back to the 12th century, probably during the Norse rule of Scotland. Unfortunately the originals are no longer on view on Lewis. 11 pieces of the chess set can be seen at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh while 82 pieces have made their way to the British Museum in London. Information about these beautiful chessmen carved from Morse ivory (walrus teeth) can be found at the Stornoway Museum.