Here are some suggestions for other things to do in the Hebrides if you do not want to fish every day, are flooded off or have friends that are not fishing. For more information go to Visit Hebrides or call in at their information office, 26 Cromwell Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DD (Tel: 01851 703088) which is open all the year round.
The Outer Hebrides is not only a game angler's paradise but also a beautiful part of Scotland for non-fishing folk and friends to enjoy everything else the islands have to offer.
The great outdoors
Where else would one like to experience the great outdoors but here in the Outer Hebrides. With wonderful landscapes it offers an abundance of opportunities for walkers; from hill walking and coastal walks in some of Scotland's most stunning scenery to moorland walks that offer some of the most challenging terrain in the country.
For wildlife the islands will not disappoint. Here you will find a natural wildlife park surrounding you. Otters, red deer, golden eagles and buzzards, to name but a few, are readily seen in their natural environment; the White-tailed Eagle, along with many other rare birds, has also been sighted. Coupled with the spectacular scenery around you the experience of Hebridean wildlife is one to remember.
Some of the other outdoors activities available are; Horse Riding, Canoeing, Go-Karting, Surfing, Sea Angling, Island Tours & Cruises, Cycling, Rock Climbing and Shooting.
Outdoor Activities to try:
The Hebrides offer some of the most interesting sites of historical interest in the country. The standing stones at Callanish are ranked as being second in importance to Stonehenge. The collection of 53 pale grey stones are believed to date back more than 4000 years.
Why not visit Gearrannan black house village, the restored black house village on the west coast of Lewis. This gives visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time; not only have the old black houses dating back to the 1800s been restored but they also offer accommodation with all the modern conveniences. Not far from the Gearrannan village is the Iron Age Dun Carloway Broch.
The Lewis Chessmen are sometimes displayed in Museum nan Eilean. They were found by a crofter back in 1831 at Ardroil near Uig Sands. Experts determined that they were made of walrus ivory and date from the Viking occupation of the island. Reproductions are available in several local craft shops.
See links below for other interesting historical attractions to visit:
- Callanish Stones, Callanish, Lewis
- Carloway Broch, Carloway Lewis
- Whalebone Arch, Bragar, Lewis
- The Blackhouse, Arnol, Lewis
- Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln, Lewis
- St Clements Church, Rodel, Harris
- Scolpaig Tower, Scolpaig, North Uist
- Barpa Langass, Langass, North Uist
- Ormacleit Castle, South Uist
- Kisimul Castle, Isle of Barra
Although visitors don't normally travel to the Outer Hebrides solely for shopping it does offer the unique opportunity to visit the birth place of the Harris Tweed industry. Harris Tweed is one of the most desirable wool textiles in the world and has been produced for over a century on these islands, so why not treat yourself to a piece of this famous cloth, after first having had a tour of the mill in which it's made. Visit Harris Tweed to find out more.