The Isle of Lewis and Harris feels nearly otherworldly. Its peat and purple-heathered moors, mysterious standing stones, broches and charming villages all stay true to Gaelic tradition. As an Acupuncturist-at-Sea, I docked in Stornoway and acquired a taxi straight away to see the countryside. My native taxi driver gave me a day tour to websites, comparable to, Callanish Stones, Dun Carloway Broch and Lews Citadel. Learn on and uncover the best way to take pleasure in a one-day Isle of Lewis tour.
About Lewis and Harris, Scotland
Lewis and Harris are a part of the Outer Hebrides archipelago off the west coast of mainland Scotland. Comparatively, the Internal Hebrides are between the Outer Hebrides and mainland, together with Isle of Skye. Lewis is the northern two-thirds of the island, whereas Harris is the southern third. A small mountain vary divides these areas. Harris has lovely turquoise blue seashores. On a sunny day they nearly look tropical.
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My Scottish Isle of Lewis Tour in One Day
From the Stornoway docks close to the putting Gothic Revival-styled City Corridor, I caught a taxi for the Callanish Stones, Carloway Broch and Lews Citadel.
The standing Callanish Stones are essentially the most well-known ones on the Isle of Lewis courting again 5,000 years. Constructed within the Neolithic Interval, they predate the pyramids and Stonehenge in England. Additionally, inside 2 km’s from this web site, different stones stand, together with Callanish II and III. General, these monuments present that Callanish was an essential location of non secular significance for greater than 1500 years.
Callanish Stones turned extra well-known as a result of they intently resemble the fictional stones at Craigh na Dun on the Outlander TV series. Formed like a Celtic Cross, the stone circle consists of 15 stones with a monolith within the center. 5 rows of standing stones connect with this circle. The stones are all the identical kind of Lewisian gneiss. Inside the stone circle, there’s a burial cairn. It’s unknown precisely how the ancestors used these stones. Nevertheless, they aligned for astrological and non secular rituals. It’s great that guests could stand up shut and contact the unbelievable stones.
Dun Carloway Broch
Close to the west coast of the Isle of Lewis is the Dun Carloway. It is a broch situated within the Carloway District on a rock at a top of fifty metres. It overlooks Loch Carloway. A broch is a stone roundhouse constructed about 2,000 years in the past in west and north Scotland for defensive functions. This broch is well-preserved, nonetheless, its east wall reaches 9 metres excessive. It’s enjoyable to go inside and take the steps to the completely different ranges and picture what occurred right here centuries in the past.
Lews Citadel, Gardens, Trails and Museum nan Eilean
The Lews Castle is a must-see vacation spot when visiting the island. The fort overlooks Stornoway and is a historic treasure trove. Initially, it was a Victorian period house for Sir James Matheson and household constructed on opium cash. It later served as a WW II naval hospital and faculty. Presently, it’s a lodge and museum.
The Lews Citadel stands on over 600 acres of forests, trails and gardens. It showcases a beautiful sunken backyard the place the Matheson household held events. Additionally, there’s a conservatory with unique crops. The grounds comprise of quite a few strolling and biking trails alongside the water, by the woodlands and gardens.
Strive the Well-known Stornoway Black Pudding
My taxi driver/tour information beneficial I attempt the well-known Stornoway Black Pudding. I need to say, the extra I learn, the extra I remorse not attempting it. Nevertheless, be taught from me if you’re there and discover it in lots of the native eating places or retailers.
In UK black puddings are made pigs’ blood and is a conventional meals. Nevertheless, the Stornoway Black pudding is a well-known culinary delicacy created from sheeps’, cows’ or pigs’ blood. Stornoway components are beef suet, oatmeal, onion, blood, salt and pepper. Isle of Lewis is thought for distinctive taste and high quality. To maintain impostors away, its stamped with Protected Geographical Indicator of Origin. On Isle of Lewis, its Gaelic title is “marag dubh.”
Store at Harris Tweed Retailer
Isle of Lewis Tour
In Stornoway’s City Heart is the Harris Tweed retailer. The Harris Tweed is the one handwoven material produced in industrial portions. With 100% pure new wool, it’s world famend for exceptional high quality. This luxurious material is a convention within the Outer Hebrides interwoven with the Gaelic language. I purchased a blue tartan Harris hat in Shetland and in addition purchased a pink one in Stornoway. Who is aware of if I’ll ever return for such traditional kinds of hats?
Take pleasure in Isle of Lewis!
This distant island is an idyllic vacation spot that preserves custom, archeology, Gaelic language and the land itself. It’s sufficiently small that it’s straightforward to get round and see so much in simply sooner or later. Nevertheless, when you have extra time, even higher! Depart feedback beneath in case your travels take you to Isle of Lewis. Tell us any suggestions or concepts on how finest to expertise this charming and distant Scottish island!
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