The Islands of the Hebrides - Innse Gall
Isle of Lewis - Eilean Le˛dhais
Lewis is the largest and most populous of the Outer Hebridean islands, with over 6000 residents living in the main port of Stornoway alone. Bursting with world famous archaeological sites, Lewis holds the Neolithic 'Callanish Stones,' (which predate the Egyptian Pyramids) the Pictish Carloway Broch (roundhouse) the Norse mill house and many more.
The west coast of these islands experience the full impact of the North Atlantic swells and have the most consistent surf in Europe. The whole landscape of the island is built for adventure with great sea cliffs to abseil and bays and islands to explore by kayak or boat.
The main town of Stornoway surprises most first time visitors as it has all the amenities and industry of a small mainland town, as well as a lively and vibrant social scene, especially at the weekends! There are a host of pubs, restaurants and clubs to keep you busy as well as organised events and ceilidhs. In Stornoway, the Lews Castle grounds is an extensive mixed woodlands planted in the mid 19th century by Sir James Matheson and now owned by the community. There is a huge variety of trees including some rare foreign species. Common seals fill the harbour and it is likely that you will spot dolphins, whales and sharks if you venture out onto the water.