One of the stunning white beaches The standing stones at Callanish No fishing! Sunset over the mountains

The Landscape

Provides plenty of opportunity for those who enjoy the outdoors be it for walking, climbing, surfing, cycling or observing wildlife. Lewis and Harris are renowned for dramatic beaches.

There are several beaches within 5–10 minutes drive of Comraich at Tolsta, Gress and Coll but plenty more can be found in numerous locations throughout the island. See the Google maps link for some info.

The Wildlife

Is diverse with a rich source of bird and marine life. The native land mammals are red deer and otter. There are numerous Sites of Special Scientific Interest on the island and a visit to the St. Kilda National Nature Reserve is only a boat trip away. Contact Sea Trek and Sea Harris for details.

The History and Culture

Lewis has a rich history, having once been part of the Norse Kingdom of Mann and the Isles. Today, life is very different to elsewhere in Scotland with Sabbath observance, the Gaelic language and peat cutting retaining more importance than elsewhere.

Gaelic, spoken by locals for centuries, is still widely spoken throughout Lewis and Harris. The Norse language persists in many island placenames and some personal names to this day.

Despite the name, the Harris tweed industry is today focused in Lewis with the major finishing mills in Shawbost and Stornoway.

The standing stones at Callanish are probably the most famous historical attraction on the island. A visitor centre with café and shops is located at the site. Callanish is approximately 40 minutes drive from Comraich.

The Arnol Black House and the Gearannan Black House village are permanent exhibitions located on the West side of the Island. These provide an insight into the life of a crofter in days gone by. These attractions are approximately 50 minutes drive from Comraich.

Travelling to the Applecross peninsula?

If you are planning a wider tour of Scotland why not visit the stunning Applecross peninsula? If you require accommodation during your stay on the mainland please consider our friends at Tigh a Chracaich and Craig Cottage for bed and breakfast and self catering options.