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Scotland’s Outer Hebrides are a magical destination offering a special island experience all of their own. Thanks to the rugged landscape, Gaelic culture, and friendly locals, the region offers a wonderful break from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. To get away from it all, visitors can easily reach the islands by sea or air.<H3>Flights to Isle of Lewis via Stornaway (SYY)</H3>
For those who don’t want to take the CalMac ferry, Stornoway has its own airport (SYY) that offers regularly scheduled flights to and from the mainland, including the airports at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Situated in Melbost on the northeast of Lewis, just two miles from the town of Stornaway, the airfield provides a quick and easy way to tour not just Lewis, but Harris and the rest of the Outer Hebrides as well.<H3>Take a Trip to the Outer Hebrides</H3>
Located forty miles to the west of the Scottish mainland, the Isle of Lewis makes up the largest proportion of the Hebridean archipelago. Lewis is in fact the northern portion of a single island called Lewis and Harris, with the area called Harris making up the southerly, more mountainous section.
Thanks to the low-lying and fertile landscape on Lewis, the majority of the population is located in the north. This area of the island is home to Stornoway, the largest settlement in the Outer Hebrides. The island retains a distinct identity shaped by its religious and cultural traditions, and offers an enthralling experience.<H3>See Callanais Stone Circle for Yourself</H3>
Anyone visiting Lewis should make sure they stop off to see the ancient and stunning Callanais standing stones. These Neolithic monuments date back five thousand years and beguile visitors to this day. Another fascinating historical site is the Arnol Blackhouse. This traditional house is an ever-popular attraction for visitors to the island and offers a fascinating glimpse into the island life of centuries past.<H3>Explore the Atlantic Coastline of Lewis</H3>
Perhaps the main attraction of Lewis is its stunning landscape. Made up of countless small lochans, peat bogs, and beautiful white sandy beaches lining its western Atlantic coast, this inspiring landscape is rich in scenery as well as history. Thanks to the low population density of the region, there are few better places to get away from it all and enjoy some true wilderness adventures.<H3>Visit the Capital of Lewis, Stornaway</H3>
However as remote as this stunning location can feel, it has no shortage of amenities. The town of Stornoway is packed with things to see and do, and should probably be the first stop off point for visitors. As the cultural centre of Lewis, and perhaps the Outer Hebrides as a whole, Stornoway boasts art galleries such as the An Lanntair Gallery. This attraction offers lovely views along the scenic Stornoway harbour, as well as regular exhibitions and a high-quality café.<H3>Enjoy Stornoway Harbour</H3>
No trip to the town is complete without a pleasing walk along the waterfront and harbour. A hike along the shore to Lews Castle is one of the best ways to enjoy this, as it provides lovely views of the town back across the harbour.
You are sure to have a memorable and enchanting time on this magical island. To start planning flights and accommodation, and research the best deals and attractions on offer, just use the Expedia search tool now.