Local Area Information
There are many things to do and see on the island. Here are a few suggestions.
Please be advised that since Covid-19, some of the places listed below may not be open.
Historical places of interest around the Island
Tiumpan Head Lighthouse (Famous for Whale watching, approx 4 miles away)
Arnish Point Lighthouse (A few miles away in Point)
Lews Castle & Museum (10 mins away in Stornoway)
The Blackhouse Arnol (30 mins drive away)
Shawbost Norse Iron Age Mill and Kiln (30 mins drive away)
St Columba's Ui Church (A few mins from the pod)
Uig Chessmen (Approx 1 hour away)
Uig Sands (Approx 1 hour away)
Whalebone Arch (Approx 45 mins away)
Callanish Stones (30 mins drive away)
Callanish Alpacas and Mollins Cafe (Near the stones)
Eoropie Dunes Playpark (40 min drive away)
Restaurants in Stornoway
Eleven (British Buffet)
The Boatshed at The Royal Hotel (Seafood, European, British)
HS-1 Café Bar at The Royal Hotel (Country House Style)
Harbour Kitchen (Seafood)
Solas @The Caberfeidh Hotel (European, British, Scottish)
Golden Ocean (Chinese)
Bangla Spice (Indian)
Fushion Takeaway (Chinese, Thai)
Kopi Java Cafe (Coffee, Tea, Cakes, Toasties)
Pubs/Bars in Stornoway
The County Hotel
The Lewis Bar
Edge O'The World
Our islands are one of the best places in Europe to spot the European Otter (Lutra Lutra) as Otters in the Outer Hebrides are common and can be found in many of the islands’ coastal locations.
Male Otters in the Western Isles will range over a fairly large territory that will be home to several females and will include a source of fresh water.
Hebridean Otters spend much of their time in the sea and sea lochs where the find most of their food (fish and crustaceans). However in order to keep their coat in good condition it is vital for them to be able to wash the salt out on a regular basis. To do this they must have fresh water within their territory.
Western Isles Otters can be seen at all times of the year, but the females give birth to the kits in May and therefore spend most of their time in the den or holt during this month. An incoming tide is one of the best times to spot Otters in the Outer Hebrides as they tend to be much more active when the incoming waters rouse the crabs that form a large part of their diet.
During the winter, when it has been cold and there is ice on the lochs, can be a good time for Otter spotting in the Western Isles as you may hear the plop as they dive under the ice. At other times of the year they are more likely to be seen in the early morning or at dusk, but in quiet locations where there is less human activity, you may see Outer Hebrides Otters at any time of day.
Some of the best places to see Otters on the Isle of Lewis are the South Lochs and Uig and Bernera Districts, while good places for Otter spotting on the Isle of Harris include the Southeast and Bays District of Harris.
During the summer months the RSPB organise Western Isles Otter Walks in the Uists and these visit locations that are particularly popular with those who want to see Otter in the Outer Hebrides.
Stornoway Seafari https://www.stornowayseafari.com/
Stornoway Golf Club http://www.stornowaygolfclub.co.uk/
Uig Lodge Golf Course https://www.uiglodge.co.uk//
The Isle of Harris Golf Course http://www.harrisgolf.com/
Hebrides Fish n' Trips http://www.hebridesfishntrips.co.uk/
South Uist Fishing http://www.southuistfishing.com/
Fishing tackle & equipment available to buy or hire from Underground, Francis Street, Stornoway.
Walking Tours - Guided or Self Guided
Hidden Hebrides https://www.hiddenhebrides.co.uk/
Stornoway Walking Tour https://www.stornowaywalkingtour.com/
You may also find the following tourist websites helpful!