Things to Do and Places to See

As well as the village of Tolsta Chaolais there are many other beautiful places on the island.

You may want to visit the Calanais Stones Calanais Visitor Centre, the Broch at Dun Carloway, the Gearranan village, the Norse Mill and Kiln Shawbost, the Arnol Blackhouse Museum and the Butt of Lewis.

There are beautiful beaches close at hand at Dal Mor and Dal Beag and at Bosta beach on the island of Great Bernera there is the reconstructed Iron Age House. The sands at Uig and at Europie in Ness are spectacular.

You may want to see some of the annual events in Lewis; the Hebridean Celtic Festival, the Lewis Highland Games, or Sail Hebrides. There are also agricultural shows. Our local show, and the oldest of all is the Carloway Cattle Show.

Many of our visitors come for the walking, bird watching or fishing. There are local boat trips and wildlife expeditions( Islands of Adventure, Seatrek), sailing (Ansulaire), surfing lessons ( Surf Lewis ) and sea and freshwater fishing ( www.alpeake.wordpress.com ), and local salmon fishing in the Carloway river. Guided walks and other outdoor activities are available too ( Scaladale ).

The clear light of the island has drawn many artists here and you can see their work at the Movern Gallery, An Lanntair, and other galleries. Crafts, particularly those using the local Harris tweed, are on display at The Blue Pig and Rarebird in Carloway, the Hebridean Soap Company in Breasclete, the Borgh Pottery, and of course at the Carloway Mill.

The island has a good selection of places to eat. We keep a list which includes the comments of those who have gone before you to help in your choice