Explore the ancient history of Lewis Isle during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive across Lewis Isle en route to the beautiful west coast of the island. Upon arrival, proceed to Callanish for a visit to the Callanish Standing Stones. Described as ‘Scotland’s Stonehenge’, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000 B.C., and are composed of a total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design. It is thought that the site, one of several in the area, was constructed for astronomical observations. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag.Venture out amongst the stones to experience their mysterious atmosphere.
Next, re-board your coach and continue around the west coast of Lewis Isle to the site of the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built some time in the last century B.C., it would have occasionally served as a defensible residence for an extended family, with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area.
Your tour continues with a drive north to the Arnol Black House. The house was made using dry, stone masonry, and has a thatched roof distinctively weighted down with rocks. During your guided tour, take in splendid views from this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the scenic, approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.
Starting time: 10.00 AM
Duration: about 4 hours
Activity level: 2/5