When you stay, you will find your own favourite things to do, but here are a few of ours to get you started. They all feature in our own ’Days Out’ Insider’s Guidebook which you get before arrival. The tough part is tearing yourself away from the house to make the time to enjoy all there is to see, and more, the length and breadth of these islands!
Lewis is famous for archaeological treasures such as Callanish Stones, Dun Carloway Broch, the Norse mill house, traditional black houses and ancient villages and, of course, the Uig Chessmen. Scattered around the island are numerous standing stones, brochs and cairns, remnants of its vibrant history. Ancient Lewisian Gneiss rock paints scenery that could come from another planet.
The Longhouse is ideally located for touring this lovely island and its dramatic landscape. Lewis offers a unique blend of habitats for often rare flora, birds and wildlife. Enjoy fresh air and exhilarating walks as you explore scattered communities, mysterious moors, lochs, sea cliffs and stretches of stunning empty beaches edged by machair ... right from the front door!
Quality and local provenance is clear. The seas around Lewis have some of the best shellfish in the world. Stock up at the deli, bakery or smokehouse for a picnic or dinner at home and our Longhouse kitchen is well equipped to make eating in a pleasure. Make sure you try the famous Stornoway Black Pudding! Venture out to eat in places ranging from those offering home-baking or hearty pub food to stylish restaurants in town or in picturesque spots around the island.
Lewis has some of the best walks in Scotland and the chance to explore spectacular natural features along coastline, beach or moor. Wander along beaches where the most energetic activity is skimming stones across the water or opt for a hike across moorland and through village ruins. The island is perfect for walkers, cyclists, watersport enthusiasts, fishermen and those who want to get away from it all and just ’be’.
These islands are rich in social history and the heartland of the Gaelic language, with a lifestyle different from mainland Scotland making for a memorable holiday. Enjoy changing exhibitions and concerts at the striking An Lanntair Arts venue. Join in Hebcelt, follow literary locations from Ian Crichton Smith to the books of Peter May and even Katie Morag or just find a local ceilidh!
Wander around Stornoway harbour, spot seals near the fishing boats… buy local shellfish … shop for Harris Tweed and watch the weavers… explore Lews Castle Grounds … pick up goodies from the deli, fresh Stag Bakery bread and a local cheese to picnic in a sheltered spot on Garry beach … Circular island drive, with sunset at Callanish, heading home on the Pentland road ... or just sit on the house deck listening out for corncrakes in the reeds.
The Longhouse, on the Isle of Lewis, is set low on the hillside just above the beach with wide, uninterrupted views east, south and west. Soak up the views and watch the skies change through floor-to-ceiling windows, south over the bay and reeds beds, east to stunning sunrises over the bay or west to a sunset over the moors.