Art, Craft & Music
An Lanntair - Arts Centre
When in Stornoway, you can’t miss An Lanntair! An Lanntair is all things to all people, being our cinema, concert hall, theatre, art gallery, bar and restaurant. You’ll also find a shop to buy souvenirs or local crafts. An Lanntair is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until late.
Hebridean Celtic Festival
The multi-award winning HebCelt returns for its 22nd annual festival during 19-22 July 2016. The music you will hear encompasses Celtic cultures tinged with contemporary traditional, rock, indie-folk and world influences. The setting in Stornoway’s Lews Castle grounds offers access to the wider natural beauty and archaeological treasures the area has to offer. And the island community who reach out and offer a welcoming hand to all to make this one of the most special experiences. Find out more at : www.hebceltfest.com
Ness & the Westside
The Blue Pig - Jane is based at the Blue Pig Studio in Carloway where she has a gallery displaying both her own contemporary artworks and those of other local artists. In her studio Jane also teaches art classes enabling others to create their own artworks. She also has the smallest tea room on the island!
Carloway Harris Tweeds - Crofter Norman MacKenzie is one of the last Lewis weavers still using the historic Hattersley single width loom to produce this world famous, iconic cloth by hand. Pop in to Park House to watch the whole process being carried out and Norman will be happy to explain the traditions of Harris Tweed manufacture & provide a fascinating insight into the social history of the island's best known export. You can also buy the fabric directly from Norman.
Borgh Pottery is a studio pottery owned and run by Alex and Sue Blair. All the pots are hand thrown or hand built using traditional techniques which bring freshness and individuality to the work. The showroom is the sole outlet for the pottery and is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 6.00pm.
Hebridean Soap company are based in Breasclete, a little north of the Callanish Stones. Natural soap, the best ingredients, traditional methods ! Visit their new custom-built premises: a combined shop and working soap kitchen where you can find out how soap is made, and relax in the beautiful scenery overlooking Loch Roag and the Hills of Harris.
Uig & Bernera
Simant Bostock - Sculpture & photography inspired by Celtic Mythology & Hebridean Folklore. His gallery is based on Great Bernera.
Driftwater Weaves in Great Bernera. Sallie Tyszko weaves strong, powerful tapestries, full of colours and textures on big floor looms. Sinnuous lines thread across landscapes. Luminous mohair undulates through the waves of seascapes. The colour of a sea at dawn, the veins of a leaf, a shade, and a shape inspire, and the legends give a mermaid, myths and mystery. The weft is anything weaveable; stones, rocks of mica, mohair, silk, wool, hand-dyed, hand-spun. The warp cotton, the transparent backgrounds 50lb breaking strain fishing line. Each driftwood frame meticulously constructed. Nothing is
Hebridean Baskets - Dawn Susan weaves a wonderous range of willow baskets and sculptures from her home grown willow on Great Bernera. She also runs regular weaving classes.
Mangersta Studio Gallery - The gallery has a changing exhibition of fine art paintings, photography & handmade paper craft work by Scottish artists Derek Scanlan & Elsie Mitchell. Mangurstadh Gallery is situated on a working croft on the stunning west coast of the Isle of Lewis.
Skoon Art Cafe is a small comfortable cafe tucked away on the East coast of the Isle of Harris. They focus on creating a space in which you can relax and enjoy the views outside and the original oil paintings inside.
The Mission House Studio is a converted church in the “Bays of Harris” and the studio of Photographer Beka Globe and Ceramic Artist Nickolai Globe. The studio, overlooks the desolate and stunning rocky landscape of the Bays of Harris. Open Monday to Saturday 10am - 6pm until October 31st. Winter opening by appointment.
Harris Tweed Isle of Harris and Harris Tweed and Knitwear belong to the Campbell family. You can read more about the long history of this weaving family on their website. Visit the Harris Tweed Exhibition in Drinshader and watch their weaving demonstration.
From the Land
If you love wild places and Harris Tweed, you’ll adore Ian Lawson’s masterwork ‘From the Land Comes the Cloth.’ A world of elemental beauty brought vividly to life, this gorgeous book weaves a personal journey of discovery into the story of tweed from land to loom. With 280 timeless images of landscapes, crofters and tweed, this magnificent artwork offers the viewer an insight through the window of a hidden world that has survived for centuries off the northwest coast of Scotland.
The Lewis Trilogy by Peter May
If you fancy reading some good crime books whilst getting a real feel for the Outer Hebrides, try the Lewis Trilogy by Peter May. "The Blackhouse" will give you some insight into the Guga Hunters, "The Lewis Man" will introduce you to the joys of peat and "The Chessmen" will provide you with many interesting glimpses of Uig! You will find a set of the Lewis Trilogy on the SEAcroft bookshelves, as well as a host of other Peter May works.