The Isle of Lewis and Isle of Harris are the main island in the Outer Hebrides on the west coast of Scotland. Lewis and Harris are two parts of the one island.
Lewis and Harris have dramatic landscapes, a Gaelic culture and fascinating history, making it a great vacation destination. You will be amazed by the mountains, the expansive white beaches, rugged coastlines and the beautiful landscapes.
From ancient thatched blackhouses at Gearrannan and mysterious standing stones at Calanais to a variety of outdoor activities and superb food, there are plenty of things to do for everyone.
Lewis & Harris Weather – When to Visit
The Hebrides, otherwise known as the Western Isles, actually enjoy a milder climate than you might expect as a result of the Gulf Stream. The best time to go to the Hebrides is between April and October. July and August are generally the best time for wildlife watching in the Hebrides – with sea birds, seals and cetaceans in abundance.
Best Lewis & Harris Beaches
Despite being located on the Isle of Harris in the north of Scotland, Luskentyre beach could almost be Caribbean in appearance. The vast expanse of silvery white sand and the crystal clear aquamarine / turquoise sea all combine to create what is often cited as the best beach in the British Isles. It is ranked as one of the Top 25 beaches in the world. You may be lucky enough to have the beach to yourself.
Traigh Mhor Beach
This large white beach stretches between the villages of Ardmhor and Eoligarry on the north tip of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, and when it isn’t acting as a runway Thrigh Mhor is a wonderful place to take a stroll and admire coastal scenery.
Boasting golden sand and blue waters, Garry beach is located in the village of Tolsta in the north of Lewis. See the stacks of Lewisian Gneiss, and take the Tolsta Heritage Trail which begins at Garry Beach and carries on for 10 miles along the coast to Ness.
Androil Beach – Uig Sands
On the way to the beach you will pass a magnificent wooden statue of a chessman. It celebrates the discovery near here in 1831 of the famous Uig Chessmen. From the statue there is an attractive path out through the dunes to the outer beach.
A walking route along much of the coast in this part of the Isle of Lewis takes you to Dalbeg Beach. Facing north west into the Atlantic Ocean, this sandy secluded bay boasts remarkable cliffs, a natural stone arch and wildlife to spot including geese and golden eagles.
Set on the exposed north coast of the Isle of Lewis the next stop is Iceland. This secluded section of the coast takes the full brunt of the Atlantic swells. The beach is made of a good stretch of golden sand flanked by rugged cliffs. At the north eastern end of the beach are a couple of sea stacks which are a favorite with photographers.
Best Lewis & Harris Tours & Activities by Viator
Day Tours of Harris in the Outer Hebrides
The drive to Harris alone is an amazing journey through incredible landscapes. During this tour we visit the world famous Luskentyre beach, drive down the single track ‘golden road' and visit the medieval St Clement's church, which is of a similar importance to Iona Abbey. Stopping for photos and lunch (not included) on the way. Visit Here to learn more about the Day Tour of Harris.
Day Tours of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides
Spend half a day discovering the Outer Hebrides’ wild scenery and ancient history on this small-group tour of Lewis. Depart in the morning from Stornoway in a comfortable vehicle, and head to the area’s top sights. You’ll explore Lews Castle and the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones, will visit Carloway Broch and Bosta Beach, and more. Your guide will share the stories behind the sights as you explore. Visit Here to learn more about the Day Tour of Lewis.
The Best of Callanish Walking Tour
Together with the professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. What stories and legends are told about the Calanais Standing Stones? You will have a chance to explore the city, while hearing fascinating facts and legends. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings and corners of Callanish. Your charming guide will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it! Visit Here to learn more about the Best of Callanish Walking Tour.
Romantic Tour in Callanish
An exclusive tour for all the romantics of the world! Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most romantic places in the city. Visit Calanais Standing Stones and see how the sun goes down. You will feel spellbound in a charming atmosphere. This tour is especially recommended in the Saint Valentine period! Visit Here to learn more about the Romantic Tour in Callanish.
Private Tours of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides
This is a private tour, which would give a unique and comprehensive insight into life in the Outer Hebrides, driven by a local, tour guide. Duration and departure time can be varied. Itinerary designed to suit your needs. Attractions and duration times listed are for guidance only. Tours can be custom designed around your interests. Visit Here to learn more about the Private Tour of Lewis & Harris.
Best Lewis & Harris Restaurants
Digby Chick $11 – 30
Local fish and shellfish are a specialty of the restaurant with daily fish specials available with whatever has been landed that day. A wine list, sourced from around the world, compliments the menu, with a whisky menu offering a selection of Scotland’s fine malts. Telephone: 44 1851 700026 Web: Digby Chick
Hebscape $11 – 30
This stylish cafe and art gallery, a couple of miles outside Tarbert on the road north towards Stornoway, occupies a hilltop site with breathtaking views over Loch A Siar. Enjoy home-baked cakes or scones with Suki tea or freshly brewed espresso, or a hearty bowl of homemade soup. Telephone: 44 1859 502363 Web: Hebscape
The Anchorage $11 – 30
Enjoy fresh, local seafood, famous fish & chips, homemade baked goods, and Italian coffees. Their menu also includes island lamb, highland beef and venison. Telephone: 44 1859 520225 Web: The Anchorage
Langass Lodge Restaurant $11 – 30
One of the best restaurants in the Outer Hebrides, Langass Lodge complements the best of local seafood, beef and game with vegetables and herbs grown in its own organic garden. You can eat in the atmospheric, candlelit dining room or in the less formal hotel bar. Bookings essential, even for the bar. Sadly, it's not open for lunch. Telephone: 44 1876 580285 Web: Langass Lodge Restaurant
Skoon Art Café $11 – 30
Set halfway along the Golden Road, this neat little art gallery doubles as an excellent cafe serving delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes and desserts (try the gin-and-tonic cake). Telephone: 44 1859 530268 Web: Skoon Art Cafe