Lewis and Harris is the third largest island in the British Isles and has much to offer the visitor including a stunning variety of archaeological and historic sites, rugged landscapes and abundant wildlife.
If you are planning to pay a short visit to Lewis and Harris, one of our customised day tours would be the ideal way to see more of these beautiful islands.
Out And About Tours can put together itineraries that provide opportunities to see all the highlights of both islands, although we would strongly recommend that you allow at least 2-3 days for your visit in order to see all that our islands have to offer.
Below you can see three example options for Guided Sightseeing Tours with prices starting from £250 per day
Full day tour of North and Westside of Lewis.
Departing from your accommodation in or around Stornoway at 0900 : Today we head north out of Stornoway passing through some of the areas of Lewis that have recently increased in population due in some part to their close proximity to the town and its facilities. Our route leads us northeast through the townships of Coll, Back and Gress with stunning views of the Coll Sands, Broadbay and the Eye Peninsula beyond.
We pass Gress Farm and the nearby memorial to the participants in the land struggles that affected this and many other areas of the islands during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Beyond Gress we reach the villages of North and New Tolsta which are very close in proximity to the Traigh Mhor and the Garry Sands. These are two of our most stunning east facing beaches and during our tour we take the opportunity to walk on one of them and visit Lord Leverhulmes ‘Bridge to Nowhere’.
From New Tolsta we retrace our steps to Newvalley on the outskirts of Stornoway before heading northwest across the Barvas Moor. As we drive northwest across the moor you will see many scars and ditches where the peat has been cut for using as domestic fuel. Beyond Barvas we take the opportunity to visit the largest standing stone on Lewis and Harris. This is known as the Clach an Truiseil and at 5.7 metres tall is well worth a visit. We continue north to the Butt of Lewis where the lighthouse stands proudly above some of the most spectacular cliffs on the islands.
Here during the breeding season it is a paradise for the birdwatcher as there are large colonies of Fulmar, Shag, Kittiwake and several species of Gull. It is also an excellent spot for observing Grey Seal, cetaceans and the occasional Basking Shark.
A short drive from the Butt brings us within walking distance of Dun Eisdean. This was the traditional stronghold of the Morrison Clan and in recent years archaeological teams have made interesting finds on this rock of ancient habitation.
Following a visit to Port of Ness where the men of Ness traditionally sailed from to harvest the Guga, we drive south through Skigersta and Cross to return to Stornoway via the Barvas Moor.
Additional Information and Schedule
The pace of an Out And About Tour is quite relaxed and our itineraries offer you many opportunities to explore the islands in depth and learn about the history, archaeology, wildlife and culture of the Outer Hebrides in the company of a knowledgeable guide who lives on the island of Lewis.
A number of short and medium distance walks can be included in each tour, so for them a moderate level of physical fitness is required. Many of our walks make use of the existing footpaths and trails around the islands and a good many of them lead to sites of historical or archaeological interest.
Daily -all year
This tour usually starts in Stornoway, but can be adapted to begin from the clients accommodation if it is more convenient.