Off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis and Harris form the main island in the Outer Hebrides. They may sound like two separate islands, but Lewis and Harris are actually two parts of one island, with the largest town Stornoway on the east coast. Stornoway is inhabited by around 8000 people.
Today you can stroll past pubs, hotels and the old town hall along the waterfront promenade “Mol a Deas” – the “South Beach Street”. Behind it, the steeple of Martin’s Memorial Church towers over the rooftops. Stornoway’s town centre has a wide variety of shops in its imposing historic buildings.You can see the imposing Town Hall overlooking North Beach and walk by Cromwell Street, its name reflecting less peaceful times when Cromwellian troops built a defensive fort here.
The tour also takes us to Lews Castle which has recently been restored to its former grandeur. You’ll find out about its history, Sir James Matheson and Lord Leverhulme, owners of Lewis and Harris in years gone by. Visit the Museum attached to the Castle to find out more about the Outer Hebrides and pay a visit to the legendary Lewis Chessmen.
Starting time: 10:15 AM
Duration: 2.5 hrs
Activity level: 3/5