Visit the Distant Past on the Isle of Lewis Scotland

April 20, 2013 by


Standing Stones Callanish

The Isle of Lewis Scotland is the largest and northernmost island in the Outer Hebrides. Here you’ll find beautiful beaches and one of the best prehistoric sites in Scotland.

Lewis Island is dotted with crafting and fishing villages along the north and west coasts, and archaeology buffs will find it a fascinating destination

Historical Attractions

The Isle of Lewis is steeped in history. The Standing Stones and Stone Circles located on the island bear witness to early civilization dating back probably 5000 years. Archaeological sites scattered around the island include Iron Age forts and other interesting structures to visit.

Gearrannan Village

Blackhouses of Gearrannan Village

Standing Stones Callanish

The Isle of Lewis features several exceptional examples of stone circles, standing stones, monoliths and Iron Age constructions.

The most significant series of stones is located in the Callanish area. A visitors center is open in the summer (closed on Sunday) to provide detailed information, but you can visit the standing stones of Callanish at any time. This fascinating group of nearly 50 megaliths dates back to around 3000 BC.


Blackhouses received that name because in the early days, they were dry-stone constructed, smoke-filled and equipped with tiny windows. The design goes back several thousand years.

Visit the Arnol Blackhouse which has been renovated by Historic Scotland, or other examples of blackhouses located in the renovated village of Gearrannan. Here you can experience traditional rural activities and immerse yourself in the history of the area. It’s a great way to learn how the people lived in the past.

Broch at Carloway

Broch at Carloway

Iron Age Structures

Iron Age structures known as Brochs were built to impress and defend, and were probably home to tribal leaders or other important members of the community. The Borch at Carloway is one of the best preserved of the Outer Hebrides and dates back more than 2000 years.

Other Things to Do and See

Along with the historical attractions on the Island of Lewis Scotland, the island offers a wide-range of things to do. Whether you enjoy walking the beach, or decide to take a boat trip or tour, or are looking for cultural or children’s attractions, the island has it all.

Photo credits: EmmieMears, windy,  sachab

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