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Doune Braes Hotel,
Carloway, Isle of Lewis.
Scotland  HS2 9AA
Tel: 01851 643252
Fax:01851 643435

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Images of the Whale Bone Arch at Bragar and a peat cutter

The Isle of Lewis

The Isle of Lewis is the most northerly of the Western Isles and stretches from the Butt of Lewis to Loch Seaforth ó the border with Harris. Mostly consisting of ancient gneiss rocks, some of which are the oldest in the world, much of the interior of the island is peat moor land, except in the hilly south.

The west coasts have lovely sandy beaches backed by machair, with some low cliffs. The west of Lewis has much dramatic coastline ranging from the beautiful Uig Bay to the smaller beaches at Dalmore and Dalbeg, up to the sweeping sands at Swaibost in the north.

Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis and is also the home of the Western Isles Council. Just over 6,000 people live in the town, which represents about a third of the islandís total population. The economy is a mixture of traditional businesses such as fishing, Harris Tweed and farming, with more recent influences like tourism, the oil industry and commerce brought about by the digital revolution and increased ease of communication. The rest of the Isle of Lewis is more traditional and relies a great deal upon the old industries of fishing, crofting and the weaving of tweed. For many islanders, peat is still a main source of heating fuel and during the summer months, it can be seen being cut and harvested out on the moors.

The allure of the island is its quiet peace and calm. The local people talk with a soft lilt and charm in their voices and Gaelic is often heard spoken. The islanders value their traditions and heritage which gives the island its distinctive atmosphere.

The Doune Braes Hotel is situated in the western coastal area and is close to most of the best beaches and sites of historical interest. It is also near to some of the best salmon and trout fishing in the UK. Wildlife is abundant, the coastal walking is outstanding and surfing is superb!

Lewis has several places of historic interest in the area:

For more information on Lewis and other Hebridean islands click here.

Email: hebrides@doune-braes.co.uk


Last edited 04/12/2008