North Lewis & Ness

Drive across the breadth of the island to the Atlantic coast, through a rare open heath moorland habitat, and northwards to the very tip of Lewis.

credits:

Butt of Ness Lighthouse, Borve – © Mairi M. Martin
Port of Ness – © Malcolm Macleod

Here we can explore Port of Ness, a scenic harbour village where we can look down on a tiny haven and walk on a pristine beach beyond. From here the men of Ness departed for their famous annual guga hunt on the remote rock of Sula Sgeir. There is a cafe and an artist’s studio you might want to visit.

Pausing to explore the ancient and charming chapel of St Moluag, steeped in quirky history and legends, we proceed to the lighthouse at the Butt of Lewis. Designed by David Stevenson and built in 1862, it is 37 metres high and, unusually, constructed of brick.  The Butt of Lewis is a dramatic place where we can truly feel the power of nature as surging waves batter against the cliffs. Many seabirds breed on those cliff ledges in the summer, and majestic gannets can be seen plunge-diving into the waters. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see dolphins, seals or even whales passing by. We return to Stornoway via the same and only road.

is included

  • coach hire
  • local guide
  • subject to individual pricing regarding requirements

isn't included

  • refreshments
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Is this tour suitable for people with a walking disability?

It depends. Most of the attractions are not suitable for wheelchairs or other walking aids. The ground is usually uneven due to the nature of the place. If you are able to walk we would recommend to have at least one person to be with you and also a walking stick for more security.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?

Unfortunately the main attractions are unsuitable to visit with a wheelchair. You will, however, be able to see the attractions from the coach and our guides usually give a brief overview before arriving at a site

Do I need special clothing?

We recommend weatherproof clothing as the weather can change very fast. Depending on the season you might experience rain and cold winds at times

Do I need to bring walking boots?

We highly recommend decent footwear. Flipflops or sandals are not the right footwear to visit these attractions. If you have walking or hiking boots it would be an advantage as the ground can be slippery and muddy at times

What is the weather like?

The weather is highly unpredictable. We are in Scotland after all 🙂 . You might start in the rain at the harbour and arrive in bright sunshine on the west coast. Or vice versa. We always recommend that you dress in layers and bring a wind- and rainproof jacket just in case.

Please ignore the time shown on the map as it only shows the time it would take to drive by car without stopping anywhere. This is not the time the tour would take!

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North Lewis & Ness

Trip Facts

  • we can provide coaches for up to 50 passengers (depending on coach capacity)
  • suitable for groups of 50 persons max.