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72 Hours on the Isle Of Lewis

Nestled above the Scottish mainland lies an exceptional string of picture-perfect islands, rich in history and unique culture and covered by some of the most breath-taking natural wilderness found in Great Britain. Nestled amongst the Outer Hebrides is the peaceful island of Lewis - the thriving hub of this northerly corner of Scotland, where far-reaching sunsets touch the turquoise waters that lap on the powder-soft beaches. Stornoway, the capital of Lewis, is home to Lews Castle by Natural Retreats and from here, visitors to the island find the ultimate luxury 'base camp' to begin their Hebridean adventure. Join us, as we walk through 72 hours on the Isle of Lewis...

DAY 1
After settling in to your indulgent bedroom, luxury suite or spacious apartment at Lews Castle, spend your first day close to home as you wander through star-lit corridors from room to room, taking in the beautiful high ceilings, lavish features and overall grandeur of this iconic landmark.

Once you've finished exploring the beautiful grounds, head next door to the Museum Nan Eilean, where the incredible, interactive exhibitions provide fantastic inspiration for your island adventure, delving into the history of Lewis and the best places to take in on your tour.

After you've soaked up enough island history to whet your appetite for the days ahead, head for our spacious yet cosy Storehouse where you can pick up a delicious frothy coffee and hearty homemade dish before retiring to your whisper-soft bed.

DAY 2
Once settled in to Lews Castle, pack up your car with a delicious local picnic, blankets and beach towels and head due South to Harris. Get set for a day filled with beach-hopping as you explore the powder soft sands and calm waters of Luskentyre, Seilebost and Horgabost, collecting shells and dipping your toes into the sea.

Unlike some coastal areas in mainland UK, these beaches are incredibly peaceful, almost untouched, and there's always plenty of space for all to share.

Pick a spot, settle in and watch the world go by. For budding photographers, there are a cornucopia of seabirds and wildlife to try and spot, and enough stunning scenes to keep you busy for hours!

DAY 3
For your third day of adventure, discover ancient stones, forgotten villages & spectacular seafood, tracing the outline of the Lewis coast. Start your journey with a laid-back drive across the Lewis landscape, taking in the far-reaching views and local wildlife, heading towards the iconic Callanaish Stones. These mystical standing formations have a rich island history, and the wonderful little visitor centre is a great place to learn all about them. Take a moment to visit the café to refuel on homemade treats before you set off again.

The next stop on the journey north is the awe-inspiring Gearrannan Black House Village. This quaint coastal, crofting village is nestled in a secluded bay and has been painstakingly restored to recreate an authentic settlement of days gone by. Step back in time and see how islanders once lived, by watching traditional activities including the tweed weaving. There is a small shop selling crafty gifts and a cosy café offering delicious homemade food.

End your 3-day adventure with a mouth-watering meal in Stornoway, just footsteps from the iconic castle. The Boatshed Restaurant offers a delicious seasonal menu including hand-dived scallops or try Digby Chick for true local flavour.

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