The Isle of Lewis, situated in the Western Isles, is a charming and lovely place to visit when you are looking for the ideal place to relax. The island is located in the Outer Hebrides, which is also referred to as the Western Isles, west of the Scottish Highlands. Stornoway is the only town located on the Isle of Lewis. It is also the largest town in the Outer Hebrides. When planning a visit to the area, it is important to make sure that you plan to arrive and depart on a day other than Sunday. There is no boat travel on Sunday in the area, although there are now a limited number of flights scheduled on Sundays. While most places remain closed on Sunday, there are some restaurants that are now open on the island. With fascinating natural beauty surrounding the island, it makes for the perfect place to take the family for a getaway or just as a place for you to relax and unwind when you want to get away from it all.
The Isle of Lewis is located in the northwest corner of the Western Isles in Scotland. The island, which are also called the Hebrides, stretch for 100 miles. Lewis and Harris, joined on the same isle, are the largest of the Western Islands. Lewis is the flatlands while Harris is more of the mountain region. Lewis has a rich history and culture dating back thousands of years; in fact the people still speak Gaelic as well as English.
Lewis has a few fascinating sites that are a must see if you are visiting the island. They have one town, Stornoway, which boasts a notable circle of stones, Callinish Standing Stones, much like Stonehenge. Stornoway is the commerce centre of Lewis and there you will find local and national business, along with chain stores you are familiar with. There are several other villages in Lewis, most have at least one store and gas station, but not all do. Peat has always been a major source of fuel, and though it is a time consuming process to harvest and prepare the peat, it saves money in the long run. Traveling in the summer will allow you to see the harvesting of Peat, while in the winter the rich aroma of Peat fires adds to the culture around you.
Religion to this day is important in the local's life. The Sabbath, Sunday, is observed. Many shops will be closed on Sunday and little to no activities will be available. There are plenty of things to do and see the rest of the week. The locals are friendly and welcoming and enjoy showing visitors all the island has to offer.