Wildlife and Bird watching
The islands are rich in all kinds of wildlife, we even have our own Hebridean Bee! It isn’t unusual to see Eagles, deer, dolphins and seals, just keep a good lookout and you will be amazed at what you will find.
One of the best places to spot Whales and Dolphins, Basking Sharks and Killer Whales is Tiumpan Head, a twenty-minute drive from Vancouver House. It isn’t unusual to spot Humpback Whales off the coast. Check the Tiumpan Watcher page on Facebook for recent activity. Alternatively, take a trip out with Little Bernera and follow the coastline in Uig.
For Birdwatchers, this is one of the few places in the UK where Corncrakes can still be heard in the summer evenings, although you will be lucky to see one! There are migratory birds that stop over or are summer/winter residents. Check the sites below for further information.
Lewis and Harris – A Surfing Paradise
Places to Visit
- An Lanntair
- Calanish Standing Stones
- Hebridean Celtic Festival
- Abhainn Dearg Distillery
- Ui Church
- Gearrannan Black House Village
- Arnol Black House Museum
- The bridge across the Atlantic to Great Bernera
- Port of Ness, the lighthouse and St Moluag’s Church
- Dùn Èistean, a small island which is the ancestral home of the Lewis Morrisons.
- Clach an Truiseil, translated to English “Stone of Compassion” located in the village of Ballantrushal, is the tallest standing stone in Scotland at 5.8 metres tall.
The Hebrides are rated to have some of the best Salmon and Trout fishing in Scotland, why not give it a go? Permits are needed for some, but not all rivers, so please check before you go.
Ever tried saltwater fly fishing? This is a relatively new sport why not try it first here in the Hebrides? You might like to spend a day sea angling in some of the richest waters in the UK.
Why not take advantage of some of the spectacular walks the islands have to offer. There are a few good publications available to help you plan your routes: the handy little Hallewell pocket guide has 34 walks of varying difficulty; Mary Welsh’s Walking The Western Isles (Clan Walk Guides) describes 40 walks with only a small amount of duplication; and there’s a leaflet guide to The Harris Walkway from Bill Lawson Publications. All are available at the Tourist Information Centres and various craft and tourist shops throughout the islands.
Golf – Lewis and Harris
With the most Westerly courses in the UK here’s two to tick off the list.
Mountain Biking – Cycling
With rough sheep tracks and peat roads, the island is ideal for mountain biking, there is no end of places to cycle. If you just wish a gentle mode of transport and don’t mind the hills then cycles can be hired from: