Alasdair Macleod

I am a native Gaelic speaker and have lived in Lewis for most of my life. In the Hebrides we have a fascinating story to tell about our unique heritage, history, environment and Gaelic culture and that is why I became a tour guide so that I could share this story with visitors to our islands

I was a Primary (Elementary) Headteacher for almost 20 years, then I became the Gaelic Development Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), and latterly was the Council’s European Development Officer. After retiring from the Council, I then entered local politics and became a Councillor for 10 years representing Sgire an Rubha on the beautiful east side of Lewis.

I have a wide range of interests from walking to fishing and cooking to beach combing. I am a keen walker and have explored the hills, coastlines, landscapes and hidden nooks and crannies of the Western Isles for many years. I used to be a scuba diver and have explored the exciting, underwater seas of the Hebrides including visiting numerous wrecks. As well as being familiar with Lewis and Harris, I have visited the Uists and Barra on many occasions.

I am very interested in local history and have contributed many articles to various publications over the years on Gaelic, cultural heritage and the culinary history of the islands. My main hobby is cooking and I currently write a weekly food and drink column for the Stornoway Gazette (our local newspaper) and a monthly article for the Events newspaper. I do frequent Gaelic radio and tv work on food and drink.

I am also involved with a number of community organisations including the Harris Tweed Authority, Third Sector Hebrides, the Gearrannean Trust (Blackhouse Village Project) and the Rudhach community newspaper.

I became a WITGA tour guide in 2023.


Tour Guide



Gaelic (native)

Tours offered

Stornoway walking tours

Bus tours of Lewis and Harris

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