Attractions

The Isle of Lewis is at the North west corner of the group of Islands known as the Hebrides, or Western Isles. The Hebrides are known as the “long islands” as they stretch for 100 miles. 

For thousands of years Lewis has been steeped in rich historical and cultural events. There are ancient stone circles, abundant wildlife, galleries, restaurants, beaches, golf and castles all waiting to be discovered by you.

By using Borve House Hotel as your base you can easily explore the area, knowing comfortable surroundings, great food and a cosy bed awaits you on your return.

The following will be usefull in making up your itinerary:

Travel



Ferry schedules, fares and information: www.calmac.co.uk

Flights to Stornoway from Glasgow or Edinburgh: www.loganair.co.uk
       - From Edinbugh to Stornaway: www.flybmi.com
       - From Inverness to Stornoway: www.flybe.com

Car rental (we recommend the local agency based in the neighbouring village of Arnol, with pick-up and drop-off service at Stornoway Airport and Ferry Dock): www.arnolmotors.com

Local bus service: www.cne-siar.gov.uk/travel/busservice/current/indexlh.asp

Cycle hire (Alex Dan's Cycle Centre, Stornoway): www.hebrideancycles.co.uk

Coastal boat trips in Bernera area or to offshore islands, with rigid inflatable boat and reliable skipper (a marvellous adventure): www.seatrek.co.uk/
 

Galleries



Oiseval Gallery, located in Bru, features striking photographs of island scenery: www.oiseval.co.uk


Morven Gallery, located across the loch in Barvas, has changing exhibitions of art and sculpture, and a wide selection of work by regional artists: www.morvengallery.com

Blue Pig Gallery in Carloway displays contemporary works by Jane Harlington and other local artists, as well as a wide variety of unique gifts: www.janeharlington.co.uk/blue-pig-studio-artworks-shop.htm

Harbour View Gallery in Ness displays the paintings and prints of Anthony Barbour, which capture the colours of the islands: www.abarber.co.uk

An Lanntair in Stornoway combines theatre, art gallery, bookshop and cafe in a pleasant atmosphere: www.lanntair.com
 

Prehistoric and Heritage Sites of Interest



Calanais Stones, a circle of massive standing stones, is one of the most impressive prehistoric archaeological monuments in Britain: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lewis/calanais

Dun Charlabhaigh Broch, a remarkably well preserved Iron Age fortress-dwelling: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lewis/duncarloway

Arnol Blackhouse Museum, with reconstructions and exhibits relating to the traditional dwellings that were typical of Lewis during the nineteenth century: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lewis/blackhousemuseum

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a preserved and reconstructed blackhouse village that was occupied until the 1970s: www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/lewis/gearrannan/
 

Food



Borve House Hotel and Tavern, located in Borve serves local produce and locally brewed beer served in a dining room or in a pub with snacks to full meals: www.borvehousehotel.co.uk

40 North, located in Bragar provides excellent delicatessen and take-away featuring fresh foods from the croft kitchen, local meats, fish and baking: www.40northfoods.co.uk
 

General Information



VisitScotland is the official web site of Scotland's national tourist board: www.visitscotland.com

Fish Hebrides, information and advice on local fishing: www.fishhebrides.com

Walk Hebrides, information on local walking routes etc: www.walkhighlands.co.uk/outer-hebrides

Isle of Lewis Newspaper: www.stornowaygazette.co.uk