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Best things to do in Isle of Lewis

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Historic Site
“An obvious choice really. Go to Alpacacino after for coffee and cake. Just down the road. ”
18local recommendations
Art Gallery
“Arts centre, cafe, restaurant, cinema, workshops, concerts. A lively centre in the middle of Stornoway We love An Lanntair. ”
22local recommendations
Restaurant
$$
“Best restaurant in the area. Consistently good quality for at least 20 years. You do need to book it”
14local recommendations
Castle
“The Lews Castle is set in spectacular surroundings. The castle and the grounds around make a pleasant walk. ”
11local recommendations
History Museum
“Visit the Gearrannan blackhouse village to see what villages looked like on Lewis until not all that long ago. The original village blackhouses have been renovated and re-thatched. Get a feel for what island life used to be like. There is a shop and sometimes weaving demonstrations.”
7local recommendations
Historic Site
“Great insight on how islanders lived all theses years ago. Well worth a visit.”
4local recommendations
Museum
“Located within Lews Castle (the Victorian-era castle which overlooks Stornoway), the recently opened Museum nan Eilean provides a good overview of the history of the Outer Hebrides, which also includes interactive exhibits for children. Perfect for rainy days, there is also a cafe (which is open on Sundays), and the grounds of Lews Castle offer some lovely walks.”
5local recommendations
Point of Interest
“Interesting to see how people live din the past. More iron age house preserved under the sand. Not openon Sunday”
3local recommendations
Premise
“large park suitable for kids of all ages, sectioned off area for younger children”
7local recommendations
Historic Site
“Another prehistoric site worth visiting. Dun Carloway is one of the best-preserved Iron Age Brochs in the whole of Scotland.”
5local recommendations
Gourmet Shop
“Great coffee and cake. Can't beat it if you are in the town centre. Tiny though, only 2 tables .”
4local recommendations
Bus Station
1local recommendations
Lodging
“Great place for a picnic or walk the Bernera trail and take a look at the iron age house”
6local recommendations
Establishment
“Seatrek offers sightseeing/wildlife boat trips around the stunning Uig coast, Isle of Lewis (Stornoway) and Outer Hebrides. ”
6local recommendations
Establishment
“Our most famous landmark. You can't visit the Island without going to see the standing stones. They are amazing and date even further back than Stonehenge. ”
5local recommendations
Cafe
“Loch Croistean school has been artfully renovated into a warm and welcoming cafe/restaurant and hosts weekly music nights, not to mention delicious food!”
3local recommendations