The Stunning Isle of Lewis
The Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides is a wild and dramatic island. It is a terrific place where rhythms of life are still relaxed and where people may recover from the anxieties caused by busy paces of life.
In Lewis you will not see a lush rolling countryside, picturesque villages, sparkling and winding rivers running through glens or enchanted lochs, like we see in the mainland of Scotland. Nevertheless the Isle of Lewis is a worthwhile place to visit. What amazes me more about Lewis, is its wilderness, its rough countryside, its smell of peat and its spoilt soil. All this reminds me of a primordial world that can give a strong internal energy which, may give people enough strength to deal with busy and overwhelming rhythms of life.
Places to Visit on The Isle of Lewis
Lewis has much more to show than peat or rain-soaked soil! For example tremendous beaches and historic sites, like the most famous circle of stones Callanish, the village of Gearrannan with its old black houses, the Broch, and its main town: Stornoway.
The town is big enough to allow people to enjoy staying there, but at the same time, it is small enough to make people feel relaxed. In Stornoway there is everything people need without the pressure of the big cities. There are different kinds of shops: clothes, souvenirs, sport, take-aways, supermarkets, etc.
There is a large sport centre where we can practice many different sports and a public library with free Internet access. There are many restaurants and many pubs where people can enjoy several kinds of beers, or whisky, if you want to appreciate a taste of Scotland, or an orange juice if you don’t feel like drinking alcohol.
Live Events on Lewis
From time to time there is live music in the pubs. Particularly interesting are all the events taking place during the Hebridean Celtic Festival, in July, and the Festival itself. It is worthwhile going to Stornoway to listen to the concerts of the Festival and to enjoy the many activities taking place in town.
Because of the fact that the community of Stornoway is small, people are kind and welcoming and this helps people feeling at home and welcome.
Special thanks to Lucia Tysserand from Italy for sending this article to Holiday Scotland