Isle of Lewis


Lewis is the largest of the Outer Hebrides, and its capital Stornoway is by far the largest centre of population. The northern half of the island is flat, bleak peat bogs but fringed by some fine coastal scenery and magnificent beaches, making for some excellent walking around the fringe. Here too are visitor attractions such as the celebrated standing stones of Callanish and the reconstructed blackhouse village at An Gearrannan.

The southern half of the island is much more dramatic with remote hill ranges around Uig and the Pairc peninsula. Though the hills are not high, they are extremely rugged and remote and reward their relatively few visitors with remarkable views.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Tiumpan Head circuit, Point 1.75km 1 hour
The Callanish Stones 3.75km 1 hour
Eilean Chalium Chille, Cromor, South Lochs 4km 1 hour
Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway 6.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Filiscleitir chapel, Sgiorgarstaigh, Ness 10.75km 2.5 - 3 hours
Garrabost archaeology walk, Point 2.5km 1 hour
Stiomrabhaigh, Orasaigh, South Lochs 4.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Dun Carloway Broch and moorland circuit 5.25km 2 - 2.5 hours
Butt of Lewis circuit, Eoropie, Ness 6.25km 2 hours
Beinn Bhragair, Pairc Shiaboist 6.75km 2.5 hours
Three Lochs Circuit, Barabhas 7.5km 2 hours
Aird Laimisiadair circuit, Na Gearrannan 8.25km 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Great Bernera Trail 11.25km 3 - 4 hours
Lewis West Side coastal walk 18.75km 6 - 7 hours
Heritage Trail: Tolsta to Lional 20km 6 - 7 hours
Cuairt Cromor, South Lochs 3.75km 1.5 hours
Tolsta Head and Traigh Mhor 10.25km 3 - 3.5 hours

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