Plenty to see & do…
The island of Lewis and Harris stretches from the Butt of Lewis at the very north to Leverburgh in the south, with a population of around 20,000. The areas boasts stunning scenery, tranquil sandy beaches and a wonderful natural environment, all within easy reach. Why not take a break from the today’s hectic lifestyle and set your sights on the island.
There are a wide variety of things to do, from visiting the world famous Callanish Stones to a walk along a secluded beach, or a fast-boat ride to the St Kilda World Heritage Site. There are many historical sites of interest throughout the area and is ideal for a range of outdoor pursuits — walking, cycling caneoing, golf, fishing and bird-watching.
For one weekend in July every year the island is transformed into a hive of activity, with the Hebridean Celtic Festival. Thousands of visitors flock to the island to the hear the latest names in the world of Celtic music, including the likes of Van Morrison, Runrig and Capercaillie. It’s not to be missed.
And why not try an island New Year — a New Year to beat all others, where the friendliness and character of the islander comes into its own. Join them for one of the numerous ceilidh and raise your glass in celebration to the Gaelic toast of “Slainte”.
The island is also a hive of artistic activity, as the spectacular scenery and constantly changing light and atmosphere lends itself ideally to creative processes. There are numerous artists and landscape photographers resident in the island, some of international acclaim. There are various small galleries found throughout to compliment the main independent art gallery in An Lanntair (lantern) which often exhibits material from local artists. There is also a thriving music and drama scene.