GUIDE TO THE ISLE OF LEWIS

A guide to the Isle of Lewis

Travel by Ferry

The Isle of Lewis on the Outer Hebrides are served by the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry service. You can travel as a foot passenger, or with a car.. Adverse weather can delay or cancel the service altogether, especially during the winter months.  In the busy summer season, it is always advisable to book your ticket in advance.

Ullapool to Stornoway

One direct route to the Outer Hebrides is Ullapool to Stornoway by ferry on the MV Loch Seaforth. This takes about 2 hours and 45 minutes and the ferry is modern and comfortable. It has a shop, bar and cafeteria with outdoor seating area. There is often a swell in middle part of the journey so it can be slightly rough.

Uig to Tarbert (Skye to Harris) 

Another direct route to Harris is via Uig at the tip of Skye. Take the direct ferry from Uig to Tarbert on Harris. It runs once or twice a day depending on the day and the summer timetable online can be found online.

The ferry can carry approx 90 cars and 600 passengers, with a short sailing of approx 1.5 hrs. You’ll find a shop and cafeteria onboard and a deck area for fresh air.

Travel by plane

Loganair operate daily return flights arrive in Stornoway from Benbecula, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness numerous times a day.  Loganair also operate return flights to Benbecula from Glasgow and Stornoway, and to Barra from Glasgow.

 

A guide to the isle of Lewis and how to travel there by ferry

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WHERE TO STAY

ISLE OF LEWIS ACCOMMODATION

Lews Castle

Beautiful, luxurious and stylish self-catering accommodation in a fabulous setting. Visit the Storehouse cafe for a relaxing coffee or more substantial meal.

The Beach Bothies at Kneep  Simply the best view you can ask for on Lewis! The bothies lead straight out onto the beautiful Kneep beach with views across West Loch Road. I have stayed here myself and they literally have everything you might need for a cosy stay. 

Seacroftpods

Attached to Seacroft B&B are luxurious, ensuite & self-contained boutique pod rooms on the cliffs of Aird Uig. There is a fabulous view overlooking the Atlantic Ocean along the West coast of Lewis.

Valtos Cottage

This luxury 5* self-catering accommodation is in an idyllic location and a perfect base from which to explore the surrounding area of Uig and Bernera. Both cottage and views are stunning.

Stornoway B&B

A warm and friendly welcome awaits . No 29 is a 175-year-old listed building and No 32 is across the street. Both are recently renovated to incorporate all modern facilities including gas central heating. Located in Stornoway’s town centre and near all local amenities.

Hebridean Huts

Sitting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, these luxury eco-cabins are in the perfect location to enjoy panoramic views of the rugged Lewis coastline – a perfect mix of a boutique hotel and glamorous camping – along with the finest Hebridean Seaweed toiletries and complimentary ‘Glamping Goodie Bag’.

WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO EAT ON THE ISLE OF LEWIS

Digby chick

A real find! Beautiful food at Digby Chick Restaurant, situated in the heart of Stornoway near the harbour. The atmosphere is relaxed and the accent is on good food.

Lews Castle Cafe

The Storehouse Cafe, attached to the wonderful Lews Castle, is a great place to enjoy a spot of lunch or a coffee after a stroll around the Lews Castle grounds. 

Calanais Visitor Centre

The cafe overlooks Loch Roag and is the perfect place to sit a while and regroup. Great selection of cakes and snacks or more substantial food also available. 

Lewis & Harris Smokehouse

Nestled in the heart of Stornoway the Smokehouse celebrates everything that makes the Hebrides so special. From the fresh local ingredients (including salmon that is smoked on the premises) to the beautiful surroundings, it’s a great experience.

Uig Sands Restaurant

A restaurant with a fabulous view and fantastic food. A warm welcome overlooking the breathtaking Uig bay and beyond.

Cameron chip shop

This award winning shop is a firm favourite with both visitors and locals.

The Cafe Bar @ An Lanntair

This unique, welcoming, and creative environment is a great place to relax and unwind. With delicious all day menu with daily specials celebrating great local produce from the Islands, they also have a wide selection of baking, snacks, drinks and coffees from the espresso bar.

HS-1

HS-1 is a welcoming and cheerful cafe bar bringing a cosmopolitan air to the town and there are always daily specials to choose from, all at great value prices.