Lewis & Harris were once part of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles & continue with a Presbyterian tradition and rich history

Lewis & Harris were once part of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles & continue with a Presbyterian tradition and rich history

Lewis & Harris were once part of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles & continue with a Presbyterian tradition and rich history

Lewis & Harris were once part of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles & continue with a Presbyterian tradition and rich history

Rich History

Calanais Stones (Callanish Stones)

Lewis’ Stonehenge but you are able to walk close and touch them!  The area is home to over 20 monuments erected between 3000 and 4000 years ago.  At the heart of the 50 stones at Callanish is a circle of 13 stones between 8 and 13 feet tall surrounding the tallest of them all at 156 feet and weighing 5.5 tonnes.  Visitor centre open June, July and August 9.30am to 8pm Monday to Saturday; April, May September and October 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday; November to March 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Uig Museum & An Suileachan

The Comann Eachdraidh (Uig Historical Society) runs a small museum in the community centre in Timsgarry.  Displays covering different aspects of local history including crofting, fishing, Vikings and the Lewis Chessmen.  The museum hold extensive genealogical material including croft histories compiled over many years.  An Suileach is a monument on the Valtos Pennisula designed to commemorate the 20th century land raids by the Reef Raiders.

Port Nis (Port of Ness) & Butt of Lewis

The most northerly point in Lewis boasting the largest percentage of Gaelic speakers in Scotland.   A bit further north of the main road and you’ll reach Europie (Europaidh) and the beautifully restored St Moluag’s Church on ground consecrated since the 500s.  Visit the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse and you’ll be at the most windy place in the UK (Guiness Book of Records no less!).  If you are there in the Autumn you’ll see the Ness men make their traditional journey 40 miles north to the island of Sula Sgeir for the annual Guga cull.

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

Facing the Atlantic lies the blackhouse village of Gearrannan, an evocative port of call for anyone trying to understand a way of life once common on Lewis.  This is a unique place in a beautiful environment.  The last occupants left the village in 1974, and you will now find self catering accommodation, cafe, museum and visitors centre.

Arnol Blackhouse

Arnol Blackhouse offers an insight into the traditional way of life on our island.  You will also find a White house (as the modern houses were termed) furnished to the 1950s to give an idea of the transition people would have made at that time from a Blackhouse to a Whitehouse.  The visitor centre is open April to September, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm; October to March, daily except Wednesday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Lews Castle

The castle is actually a mock-Tudor folly built in the 19th Century by Sir James Matheson who purchased the island 1844 with some of his opium trade fortune.  During the Second World War it was used as a naval hospital, late a technical college.  Now it houses the museum which includes some of the original Uig Chessmen.  There is a café and accommodation in the renovated castle.  Within the lovely gardens there is an old waterwheel and The Woodland Centre with a tea room and gift shop.

The Iolaire

World War One had ended and on 31st December 1918 hundreds of Scottish soldiers from the Western Isles of Scotland crowded on to the Iolaire to go home in time for Hogmanay. The weather was very bad and in the early hours of 1st January 1919 the boat lost track of where it was as it approached Stornoway harbour. Just metres away from home the boat struck some rocks. Many soldiers jumped overboard and tried to swim home but the seas were so rough that they drowned instantly. Only 79 survived. 205 men lost their lives. Over 170 of them came from the island of Lewis. The disaster shocked the entire island – just about every family knew someone who had died on the Iolaire. It was one of the worst sea disasters Britain had ever experienced. The memorial is located at Holm, outside Stornoway.

Shawbost Norse Mill & Kiln

Restored in the late 1960s the Shawbost Mill remained active until the 1930s.  On the west side of Lewis you can see how barley grain was processed into meal.  Shawbost Mill is not the largest or best known of Lewis’ visitor attractions but you’ll get a great insight into the way of life once very common on the island after you’ve visited.

Great Bernera

Connected to Lewis by bridge, Bernera is nearly 6 miles from North to South, and 3 miles from East to West. The centre of the island, houses a school, church, shop, post office and a doctor’s surgery. There is also the Bernera museum and in the doorway are handprints left by the island’s Millennium children. At the most northerly point is Bosta Beach and a reconstructed Iron Age house. Exposed during a storm in 1993, the house has been re-constructed and is open to the public in the summer months.

Dun Charlabhaigh (Carloway Broch)

Dun Carloway is a remarkably well preserved broch in a stunning location overlooking Loch Roag on the West coast of Lewis. Dun Carloway was probably built some time in the last century BC. It would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family complete with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area. It was built at a time when brochs were already starting to be replaced by other forms of housing less demanding on scarce resources (wood in particular), and it is not known how long it remained in use. The broch is free to walk around, and accessible all year. The visitor centre is open between April and September, Monday to Saturday, from 10am until 5pm.

RAF Base Aird Uig

Aird Uig is a village of two halves: the old crofting village and the former R.A.F. base. The base was constructed in 1954 to cover the North Atlantic Gap during the Cold War, the defences consisting of 24 substantial buildings which were abandoned in 1963 and replaced by satellite surveillance equipment and the R.A.F./N.A.T.O presence at Stornoway Airport. The domestic camp was sold to a private individual in March 1973 and since then has changed hands several times. Some of the accommodation blocks have been converted into housing and incorporated into the village, other blocks remain empty and disused.

In 2016 the Gallan Head Community Trust bought Gallan Head back from the government and have opened the penninsular up to the public. The views from Gallan Head are glorious and it is an excellent place to watch seals, whales, dolphins and bird life. 

What Our Guests Say

Our first trip to the Hebrides couldn't have begun better. Arriving to Andrew and Sarah's outstanding hospitality was only the beginning. Wonderful conversation and details of what is like living so remote from our personal experience was followed by an amazingly special dinner.

Cheryl - USA

This was our third visit to SEAcroft B&B and yes, we like it so much we keep coming back! Sarah and Andrew made us feel so welcome again. The room, as well as the house, is nicely decorated, comfortable, warm and clean. We did not want for anything and our room was refreshed half way through our stay.

Marion & Andy - UK

Thank you Sarah & Andrew for a truly magical stay during our family history detective hunt on Lewis in April. The room, view, food & hospitality were all superb. Such a great atmosphere with your own choice of conviviality or privacy. We enjoyed the great selection of books on Lewis history.

John & Yvonne - Australia

It pains me to leave this review because I don't want other people to beat me to my next booking!  Sarah & Andrew deserve a great review for their excellent hosting, comfortable rooms and delicious food.  Our veggie breakfasts were perfectly cooked and our evening meal was superb

Ann & Nigel - UK

Loved everything about SEAcroft, starting with Sarah and Chef Andrew, the relaxing and inviting lounge, breakfast and dining room, and top of the line room accommodations.  Curtains, pillows and bed spreads of beautiful coordinating Harris Tweed fabric.  Selections and preparations are gourmet and elegant.

Louis - USA

This was one of the nicest holidays we have ever had.  The welcome was very warm and the service exceeded our expectations.  The room was nice and clean, and the dinner was outstandingly good.  We did not expect such quality located at 'the end of the world'.

Ekkehard & Susanne - Germany

Room was wonderfully clean, beautifully decorated and had a superb view!  We had dinner the first night and breakfast both mornings, everything was cooked to perfection.  We had our spaniel with us and even she was provided with a breakfast treat.  Sarah was a wonderful host and we will recommend to friends and family.

Rhod, Wendy & Ellis - UK

I fell in love with Harris & Lewis, and this B&B was part of the experience.  Sarah was an incredibly nice and warm host, very helpful, keen on sharing her love and knowledge of the area, funny and charming.  Her husband cooks delicious meals and breakfasts!  The location is perfect, Uig Bay is (according to me) the most beautiful part of the island.

Muriel & Antonin - France

We happened upon the SEAcroft B&B.  We were absolutely delighted by the way we were received.  A friendly, warm welcome.  Sarah is a marvellous host and Andrews is a terrific chef.  Food and preparation was exquisite.  Hospitality?  Real.  There's a multitude of outdoor activities available... it's worth the time to stay awhile.

Doug - Canada