In August, we headed up to the Isle of Lewis to stay with a friend for a week and I thought I would document it and tell you guys how beautiful the island is. It’s not somewhere I ever dreamed of going (it certainly wasn’t on my travel bucketlist) but it’s now one of my favourite places. We’ve been before in 2016, and I was more than happy to go back for a week.
Although it’s quite a trek for us to get there, almost a full day of travelling, the journey is worth it when you get off the ferry and see how beautiful the island is. We stayed at Uig, as our friend works in the lodge there, so we literally travelled right across the island to get to our accommodation. We witnessed the most beautiful sunset as we drove to Uig.
The first day that we were on the island, the weather was horrible. Torrential rain and gale force winds which hampered any plans of exploring. We did attempt to go out sea fishing but we ended up drenched and turned back, although we did have to take the dog for a walk.
The rest of the week the weather was good, so we managed to get out and do a lot of the touristy bits and Boyfriend got out to do a lot of fishing (mainly in the sea). We did get the chance to go salmon fishing, although they were fishing in a loch that hadn’t been fished for salmon before so they didn’t actually catch anything. I spent the time reading and snoozing amongst the heather, that’s why our hobbies go so well together.
The one thing that I wanted to do when we were on Lewis was to go and see the old blackhouses that the crofters used to live in. We got to go inside Arnol blackhouse which is still set up as it was when it was lived in, complete with a peat fire constantly burning. Honestly, everything is just so picturesque on Lewis, it’s impossible to describe something well enough!
I would also recommend paying a visit to Mangersta Bothy, which is not to far from Uig. The bothy was built to commemorate the life of Linda Norgrove, who died during a rescue mission after she was kidnapped in Afghanistan. I honestly cannot think of a more special way to honour someone’s life, it’s a beautiful idea and the bothy could not be in a more perfect spot (it’s literally built into a cliff edge!)
Lewis is definitely one of my favourite places to go on holiday, I just love everything about it. The best part is definitely how out of touch with reality you are with the world, as unless you’re in Stornoway, you don’t get phone signal at all on the island!