The Western Isles are one of the last true wilderness areas left in Britain with the moorland sustaining many forms of flora and fauna. You can walk for days in some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery around and not meet another person, but always make sure someone knows where you are heading as the landscape is given to bog and hilloch.

Steeped in history and culture the Isle of Lewis is covered by a blanket of peat reflecting a bygone era when the island was forested. Even today bark and hazel nuts can be found within the peat layers. As soon as the weather is dry enough local people can still be seen cutting the peat for their winter fires. The Gaelic name for Lewis is Leodhas which means marsh. (Gaelic is spoken alongside English). One of the many names for the islands is the Heather Isles, in high summer the landscape turns purple as the heather comes into flower.

Wildlife and flora is immensely varied, and the landscape changes colour with the seasons , this is the place where the Golden Eagle, buzzard and merlins hunts their prey.

There are many quiet roads leading to lochs where the red-throated divers, lapwings and larks, to name but a few nest right in the heart of the moorland.

The Machair (the grass before the sea) in summer is filled with the heady sweet scent of a myriad of flowers some that are so rare they can only be found within these protected margins.


To book Stornoway Self Catering, please call Margo on 077 8754 6197 or 01851 701782 or contact us via the web site contact form to ensure that the accommodation is available on the dates that you wish to stay.

The accommodation costs from £300 per week to rent and comfortably sleeps three.

Well-behaved dogs are also welcomed (please enquire).

Linen, Towels and Electricity are included in Tariff.

Bed and breakfast in Stornoway

We also have a luxurious bed and breakfast in Stornoway.

Rooms from £35 per person.