3 Accommodation and Visitor Information Western Isles


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Visitor Information - Western Isles

History and Heritage



Out and About:

Western Isles:  Accommodation

The Western Isles - or Outer Hebrides - are in a magical setting on the edge of the Atlantic. There is nothing between here and North America except the ocean. There are simply miles of unspoilt sandy beaches and ruuged coastline to explore at your leisure. Inland, lochs, moorland and mountains make for a rich and varied landscape.

The culture of the region is quite distinct. The ancient Gaelic language is alive and well and widely spoken. This traditional island way of life is reflected in the arts and crafts to be found here. Archaeological sites tracing local history are many and varied; the standing stones at Callanish, for example, are a must-see.

Standing Stones, Callanish

Historic Buildings and Castles:

Arnol Blackhouse

Arnol, Isle of Lewis. Traditional Lewis thatched house with visitor center and interpretive display.

Kisimul Castle

Kisimul Castle

Castlebay, Barra.

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Carloway, Isle of Lewis. Restored blackhouse village with museum, cafe and gift shop. Guided tours available.

Bosta Iron Age House.

Bernera, Isle of Lewis.


Museums and Galleries:

Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre

Barra Heritage & Cultural Centre

Castlebay, Barra. Local history, restaurant.

Morven Gallery

Barvas, Isle of Lewis. Lively contemporary art work, crafts and textiles. Cafe and shop.

Shawbost Museum

Shawbost, Isle of Lewis. Museum depicting past way of life.

An Lanntair Arts Centre

South Beach Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Exhibitions and events all year. Coffee shop, gifts and bookshop.

Taigh Chearsabhaigh Museum & Arts Centre

Lochmaddy, North Uist. Award-winning museum and gallery. Photographic collection, sculpture trail, art and craft workshops, cafe and shop.

Uig Heritage Centre

Crowlista, Uig Isle of Lewis. Visitor centre with tearoom, crafts, photographic exhibition and local history museum.

Museum Nan Eilean

Museum Nan Eilean

The museum holds collections of objects, photographs, prints and paintings and archives illustrating the archaeology, social, domestic and economic history of the islands.


Visitor Attractions:

Callanish Standing Stones

Callanish, Isle of Lewis. See the mysterious standing stones. Visitor centre, exhibition, shop and coffee shop.

Hebridean Brewing Company

Fine ales from the Western Isles, the only brewery in the islands. Tours by appointment.

Lewis Loom Centre

Stornoway. The building was originally used for making Harris tweed.

Seallam Visitor Centre

Isle of Harris. The centre provides exhibition facilities to suit all degrees of interest, with a main static exhibition for the first-time visitor and changing displays for the many return visitors.



Island Cruising

Uig, Isle of Lewis. Wildlife, diving, birdwatching. Cruises around Western Isles and St Kilda.

Scenic Cruises

Flodabay, Isle of Harris. Wildlife, natural history, local history, fishing etc, tailored to suit you.

Out & About Tours

Day tours and guiding service. Low level hillwalking and rambles, with knowledgeable interpetation of landscape culture and natural history.

Adventure Hebrides

Back, Isle of Lewis. Climbing and abseiling. Discover the hidden adventures of Harris and Lewis.

Lady Anne Boat Trips

The Lady Anne is back in action and making trips on a demand led basis. So if you are in (or coming to) Uist and you feel like a boat trip, give me a ring and I will try and get something organised. I would normally require a minimum of 4 people, but don't let that put you off phoning or emailing, I can usually get a group together.





Car Hire:

Arnol Car Rentals

Arnol, Isle of Lewis. Self-drive car hire at competitive rates. Free airport/ferry delivery.
tel: 01851 710548

Hebridean Campervan Holidays

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Freedom of the Isles at your own pace, in your west end apartment on wheels.

Gaeltech Car Hire

Self-drive. Pick up and return from Leverburgh or tarbert ferry terminals.
tel: 01859 520460

Ask Car Hire

Ask Car Hire

Liniclate, Isle of Benbecula, 10 minutes drive from the airport.
tel: 01870 602818

Lewis Car Rentals

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. Free pick-up from ferry or airport.
tel: 01851 703760

Autohire Car & Van Rental

tel: 01851 706939

Barra Car Hire

tel: 01871 810243

Jackie's Car Hire

Barvas, Isle of Lewis
tel: 01851 840343

Laing Motors

Laing Motors

Lochboisdale, South Uist
Car hire, parts and service.
tel: 01878 700 267

Lochs Motors

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
tel: 01851 705857

Mackinnon Self Drive

Mackinnon Self Drive

Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.
tel: 01851 702984

MacLennan Bros Ltd

Isle of Benbecula
tel: 01870 602191


Local and Community Websites:

South Uist


Selected Accommodation in the Western Isles


Guest Houses

Bed & Breakfast

Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway, Lewis
Royal Hotel, Stornoway, Lewis
Polochar Inn, South Uist
Heathbank Hotel, Northbay, Isle of Barra
Hotel Hebrides, Tarbert, Harris
Doune Braes Hotel, Lewis
Caladh Inn, Stornoway, Lewis
Crown Inn, Stornoway, Lewis

Borve Guest House, Isle of Benbecula
Eshcol, Callanish, Lewis
Loch Roag, Callanish, Lewis
Ceann na Pairc, Isle of Benbecula
Sandwick Bay, Stornoway, Lewis
Two Harbours GH, Scalpay
Seaside Villa, Back, Lewis
Hebridean Guest House, Stornoway, Lewis
Bayview GH, Castlebay, Barra

Rockvilla, Lower Barvas, Isle of Lewis
Hillside B&B, Castlebay, Barra
Seal View, Berneray, North Uist
Tir Nan Og, Berneray, North Uist
Lochside Cottage, South Uist
Struan House, North Uist
Ben View, Leverburgh, Harris
Flodabay Farm Bed & Breakfast, Harris
Rowan Tree, North Uist
Avonlea, Scalpay, Harris
363 Leth Meadhanach, South Uist
New Haven, Scalpay, Harris
Ravenstar B&B, Lewis
Cnoc nan Uan, North Uist
The Old Shop House, North Uist
Dunvegan View B&B, Harris
Sealladh na Mara, Barra
Manor House B&B, Stornoway, Lewis
Stornoway Bed and Breakfast, Lewis
Sheillaidh B&B, North Uist
Viewfield B&B, North Uist

Self Catering



Tigh na Mara, North Uist
Corncrake Cottage, North Uist
Eriskay Self Catering, South Uist
Tigh Alasdair, North Uist
White Cottage, Rodel, Harris
Beannachd, Harris
Croft Cottage, Harris
Am Bliochan, North Uist
Badnanlus, North Uist
Glen Carragrich, Harris
West Tarbert, Harris
Sandview Cottage, Harris
Seaside Cottage, Ardhasaig, Harris
Kinnoull, Tarbert, Harris
Gasker House, Scarista, Harris
Hawthorn Cottage, Uig, Lewis
Dalhanna, Harris
The Chalet, Galson, Lewis
Grandfather's House, Harris
Uist Cottages, Benbecula
Bayview Cottage, Benbecula
Kintail Cottage, North Uist
Tigh a Bhaoghlach, South Uist
Fairview, South Uist
Eoropie Cottage, Lewis
Torragorm, North Uist
Carrick, Eriskay
Smiddy at Burnside, North Uist
Carnan Chalet, South Uist
Dunvegan View Cottage, Harris
Tamana Cottage, Harris
Boisdale House, South Uist
An Taigh Fiodh, North Uist
Taigh Na Casag, Isle of Lewis
Ronald's Cottage, South Uist
Parkhill, North Uist
Family House, South Uist
Locheynort Chalet, South Uist
Baymore House, North Uist
Sonas Cottage, Harris
Lochview Cottage, North Uist
4 Gress, Isle of Lewis
Frobost Lodge, South Uist
Watchkeeper's House, Stornoway, Lewis
3 Claddach Carinish, North Uist
The Ard, Bernera, Lewis
Surf View, Lewis
Corrodale Cottage, South Uist
Stornoway Holiday Cottage, Lewis
Lily Pond Cottage, South Uist
Airidh a Bhaigh, South Uist
The Barn, Grimsay
Clachan Cottage, North Uist
Kabuis, Shawbost, Lewis
Lochan View Cottage, Bernera, Lewis
Greenbank, Harris
Tranquil Sands, North Uist
Balranald Cottage, North Uist
Heisker View, North Uist
Clisham Cottage, Harris
Macaulay Lodge, Lewis
Taigh Violet Rose, Benbecula
Glendale, Grimsay
Fisherman's Cottage, Harris
Tobar na Mathar, Lewis
Tigh Curstaig, Benbecula
Cnoc na Monadh, Benbecula
Taigh Mo Sheanair, North Uist
Collam Villa, Harris
Welcome Home, Berneray
14 Caolis, Vatersay, Barra
Burnside Croft, North Uist
10 Melbost, Borve, Lewis
Park Cottage, North Uist
Carraview House, South Uist
Rowan Cottage, North Uist
Burnside Croft, North Uist
Seal Cottage, South Uist
Obbe House, Benbecula
Cnoc nan Uan, North Uist
Newton Lodge, North Uist
Tigh Geal, North Uist
Tigh a Chreagain, Harris
Dalimach Storm Pod, South Uist
Culla Cottage, Benbecula
The Crofthouse, Harris
Lingay Cottage, South Uist
Pabbay House, Back, Lewis
Tigharry Schoolhouse, North Uist
Beachview Cottage, South Uist
Larkfield House, North Uist
Taigh Dobhrain, North Uist
Moranich, North Uist
Clachan Cottage, North Uist
Bonnieview, North Uist

Am Bothan, Leverburgh, Isle of Harris
Heb Hostel, Stornoway, Lewis
Nunton House Hostel, Benbecula

Lochside Cottage Caravans, South Uist
Eriskay Caravan, South Uist
Taobh An Iar Caravans, Barra
Kinloch Caravan, South Uist
Eiseabhal Caravan, South Uist
Westbeach Caravan, Barra
14 Seilebost, Isle of Harris
Ocean's Edge, South Uist


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