THE WESTERN ISLES - Innse Gall
Standing majestically at the northwest edge of Europe, this 150 mile-long island chain of beaches, culture, wildlife and adventure is a haven for outdoor activities, and a great place to unwind.
Nowhere else will you find such diversity of landscapes and species, arts, crafts and music: the islands have an abundance of beautiful habitats... peaceful, unspoilt and natural. Fresh water and sea lochs unsurpassable in their beauty and abundance provide a great resource for fishermen and bird life. Traditional music and crafts live on in a lively and modern culture, which is civilised in the true sense of the word. Pioneering sporting and cultural events attract people from all over the world to experience this Gaelic heartland. Get even closer to nature: a boat trip to spot whales, dolphins, seals or puffins or a guided walk to mix with otters, buzzards or deer. And for those who like an adrenalin rush, expert or not, try out our surfing, climbing, diving or power boating. Come home with a new hobby!
The Hebridean Gaels always provide a friendly welcome, making the visitor share the sense of belonging and freedom - one of the great traits of the local heritage. The sense of being surrounded by the fresh Hebridean air carries the visitor into a world of serenity.
The Hebrides is an oasis of calm in a chaotic world.
Lewis is the largest and most populous of the Outer Hebridean islands, with over 6000 residents living in the main port of Stornoway alone. Bursting with world famous archaeological sites, Lewis holds the Neolithic 'Callanish Stones,' (which predate the Egyptian Pyramids) the Pictish Carloway Broch (roundhouse) the Norse mill house and many more.
The west coast of these islands experience the full impact of the North Atlantic swells and have the most consistent surf in Europe. The whole landscape of the island is built for adventure with great sea cliffs to abseil and bays and islands to explore by kayak or boat.
The main town of Stornoway surprises most first time visitors as it has all the amenities and industry of a small mainland town, as well as a lively and vibrant social scene, especially at the weekends! There are a host of pubs, restaurants and clubs to keep you busy as well as organised events and ceilidhs. In Stornoway, the Lews Castle grounds is an extensive mixed woodlands planted in the mid 19th century by Sir James Matheson and now owned by the community. There is a huge variety of trees including some rare foreign species. Common seals fill the harbour and it is likely that you will spot dolphins, whales and sharks if you venture out onto the water.