Things to See and Do/Explore Lewis & Harris
What to See and Do on Lewis & Harris
The long Hebridean summer days provide a perfect excuse to explore the great outdoors on Lewis and Harris. There is something for everyone, whether it’s a short ramble along the machair or a hike to the top of a mountain.
Highly recommended. Take a trip and explore the unsurpassed beauty of the Island coastline. A trip to the Hebrides is not complete without experiencing the unique wildlife. Highlights include sightings of seals, whales and dolphins. Also explore the many small islands dotted around the coast. Don’t miss the natural arch and lagoon sheltered on the island of Pabbay.
Hebrides Fish ’n’ Trips offers private boat charters for 1 to 5 people, operating along the rugged East Coast of the Isle of Lewis. You can enjoy 2 or 3 hour trips exploring the many sea lochs which indent the coastline with breathtaking scenery, tranquil lagoons and abundant wildlife.
When you charter Hebrides Fish ’n’ Trips, it will be on a private charter basis which means that the boat and its skipper are for your exclusive use with no other guests aboard. The benefits of private charter are that there is no set itinerary so you can tailor your trip to what you want to do.
Discounts available for Whitefalls guests
Many stunning soft white sand beaches to choose from… All Lewis and Harris beaches including stunning Traigh Mhor and Luskentyre are easily reached from Whitefalls.
Horse Riding/Pony trekking
Gallop along a deserted beach….
For group horse riding lessons and one-to-one tuition there is an equestrian centre based near Stornoway. The arena may also available for private hire. Traigh Mhor Pony Trekking also provide pony trekking along the beach at Traigh Mhor.
Clear, clean water and lonely beaches….
The Hebrides have some of the most consistent surf in Europe and a fantastic array of beaches, reefs, points and headlands offering a wide variety of surf for beginners, intermediates and experts. For one to one lessons, groups, board and wetsuit hire contact SurfLewis.
Uist Day Trips
The regular ferry service between the islands means a day trip to Uist is easily achieved during peak season. These day excursions take you to the most beautiful locations and close to a wide array of wildlife. It is the perfect way to get to know the islands and make the most of your time on Uist.
The islands offer visitors almost unlimited opportunities for brown Trout fishing, Salmon and sea Trout lochs are privately owned but permission can be given on some estates in exchange for a fee. Advanced application advised.
To the visiting sea angler, the Outer Hebrides offer a variety of sport unsurpassed almost anywhere else in the country. Enquire prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.
Explore the hills of Uig & Harris. Getting to the summit of one off these hills is always rewarded with spectacular views.
Excellent opportunities for spotting species rare to other parts of the country, including Golden Eagles & corncrakes. Herons nest by the loch and stream below the lodges. The loch attracts other visitors such as mallards, geese, swans, curlews and many other species
Other moorland and ground nesting birds such as red grouse can be seen in their unspoilt natural habitat. Birds of Prey are also attracted to this secluded spot including falcons, buzzards and Golden Eagles, often spotted swooping down over the lodges
The Outer Hebrides is a marvellous place to see wild flowers. The visitor can relish the colours and the scents at their best among the west coast machairs, with the calling of birds adding another dimension to the experience.
The Outer Hebrides are remarkably rich in all forms of wildlife, particularly in late spring and early summer when the machair is at its peak. Among the species to see are the otter, red deer and common grey seals. Red deer roam free on the moorland surrounding the lodges.
Visit the new visitor centre and cafe along with Tours of the Distillery. Take home your very own bottle of the Isle of Harris Gin. The Hearach Whisky is in production. For more info visit www.harrisdistillery.com
Callanish Standing Stones & Visitor Centre
Pop into the Callanish Visitor Centre Cafe just down to road from Whitefalls for some great coffee and cake while finding out more about the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones and how they came to be here. The Gift Shop also provides excellent retail opportunities for local arts and crafts. www.callanishvisitorcentre.co.uk