The Isle of Harris and Lewis makes for a great getaway. I am taking the rental car to Skye, but was debating on taking it over to Lewis as it is pricey.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Today, Dun Carloway is in the care of Historic Environment Scotland and has a beautifully designed visitor center which contains an exhibit about what life would have been like in the Broch. Geoff was quite nervous having never driven in the UK with the sterrling wheel on the right side and driving on the left, so we decided Inverness, a smaller and calmer city would make a better starting point than Edinburgh or Glasgow. So lets take a look at 15 unmissable things to do in Lewis and Harris. So go ahead and slow down, take your time making as many stops as you want. The Isles are magical. I also wasn’t sure which islands had bridges and which required a ferry to reach. Not only can you shop for souvenirs but you can also learn first hand how the Harris Tweed is made. Exploring more of Scotland has long been on my bucket list and I just wanted to jump into those pics! Were you originally from Harris/Lewis or one of the other islands? The best time to visit the Outer Hebrides is the time you have available to visit.
Neist Point and the old lighthouse are about an hour drive down the west coast, and The Fairy Pools are about an hour from Neist Point. Arriving by ferry means you’re ready to explore once you arrive and having a car on the islands is essential! This approach makes it harder to find Stac a Phris as it appears to be hidden if coming from the South. Skye, Lewis & Harris are so beautiful, I’m sure your family will enjoy it :) I wasn’t sure from your question if you are asking if 2 nights/3 days is enough for Skye alone (yes, I think so) or if it is enough for Skye + Lewis & Harris (I think that’s probably a bit tight, especially with kids > I think 3 nights would be better if you can swing it). I fell in love with Scotland anyways and vowed to return and make sure to include at least a few days on Lewis and Harris. There is a small settlement with a few houses and a building with bathrooms, showers, and tables to sit at. Felt like living in the past and just imagining how life was before modernization. For the Outer Hebrides it’s open spaces and beaches so perfect it’s like they copy and pasted a piece of the Australian coastline. There’s no way we could have seen all the things to do in Skye that we managed to, including some of the highlights like Neist Point, without a car. We found everything in the UK to be painfully expensive, including food. Thank you so much Geoff! We saw standing stones on Orkney as well.
To wake up with views of the ocean and the beach just a few meters away, this campsite is hard to beat in terms of location! While the islands are beautiful, we also found it kind of confusing to plan a visit to these somewhat remote islands. If you are interested in hiking to MacLeod Stone then click here for the instructions provided by walking highlands. Your email address will not be published. While it adds a huge chunk to the travel costs of visiting the Hebrides, I think a car is essential.
And then there is a small area on the right where you can park your car in order to walk up a small hill to view the stones. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of any content or photographs without written permission from Lisa Michele Burns is strictly prohibited.
However, the Garenin Trust took over and restored the village into what you can see today. Scotland seems to have its fair share of these places. We hit up Faerie Glenn and then drove out to Neist Point before heading south and visiting the Fairy Pools. So do not miss the opportunity to tour the distillery and learn about the process and ingredients including the one ingredient that makes this gin so special – the local, hand-harvested Sugar Kelp. A bridge which is actually of great importance in the international engineering world as it was the first stressed concrete bridge to be built in Europe.
Harris would be great to visit the gin distillery and sample the goods. If you enjoy hiking then you can follow this hike or this longer hike which will take you to some more secluded beaches as well as provide you with enchanting views you won’t soon forget. Just make sure to book in advance as spaces are limited to 11 people and the tours fill up quickly. I too was planning on taking Megabus from Edinburgh, along with the other busline they have, but all the way to Portree or possibly stopping in Inverness a night and then renting my car in Portree when I got settled in. St. Clemens Church in Rodel is praised as the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles. We found Portree was an ideal base from which to explore Quiraing, Neist Point, Faerie Glenn, and the Fairy Pools, and likely would have stayed in Portree a third night had we not decided to go back to Inverness.
Past guests have commented on the great views of Lews Castle and the harbour, a nice looking hotel, however according to some reviewers, not necessarily the quietest, but cute and comfortable. For example here is a list from Katie MacLeod who used to live in Lewis.
As a restored blackhouse village, you can wander through the village and experience the crofting life…. Therefore, I am going to suggest you consider some options my fellow travel bloggers have tried and are recommending.
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