ABOVE: The Callanish Standing Stones are said
to be even older than their counterparts at Stonehenge.
Stornoway - Isle of Lewis shore excursions
from: Port of Stornoway
Although Stornoway is a pleasant enough town, the countryside is
where you'll find the heart and soul of the Western Isles. And since we didn't
want to rent a car during the Silver Whisper's port call, we joined the
Silversea West Coast tour.
The four-hour bus tour included visits to three important
historic and prehistoric sites:
House Museum at Arnol, a restored 19th Century crofter's house with an
informative visitors' center next door. The site, which is managed by Historic
Scotland, also has a "whitehouse" that was lived in until the 1960s.
a broch or fortified stone residence from the pre-Christian era. A path
along a heather-covered hillside leads to the broch, which you can explore
inside (but watch your head!).
Callanish Standing Stones, the largest of three groups of stone monoliths
that were erected more than 4,000 years ago. Callanish, a.k.a. Calanais, also
has an attractive visitor center with restrooms, a pleasant cafeteria, and a
museum shop that offers everything from books and maps to Harris Tweed clothing.
guide, Chris Ryan, was exceptional. In addition to describing the islands'
history and megalithic sites, he told us about contemporary life in the Western
Isles (including the cutting, gathering, and burning of peat). Chris and his
wife Anne own a local wildlife and walking tour company,
Hebridean Holidays, and they
offer self-catering accommodation at their croft on Great Bernera.
information on Stornoway, the Isle of Lewis, and the Outer Hebrides in general,
Port of Londonderry