Overview

TOUR INFORMATION

On the tour, you will see 3 sides to the Isle of Lewis with our 3 distinct experiences …

SENSE – Harris Tweed® weaving demonstration

EXPLORE – Walking on a beautiful Hebridean beach

CONNECT – Visit the Museum & Castle

The tour takes about 4 hours and you will find out more detail by clicking on each of the 3 experiences. There is also useful information below on Itinerary, Terrain & Clothing, Facilities & Route …

Itinerary Planner

The times shown are for our usual tour. There are occasions when timings will change and this will be communicated prior to your visit.

Time

Activity

10:00 AM

  • Pick up point at Deepwater Port and/or Ferry Terminal (location will be advised by direct email correspondence prior to tour date).
  • Registration and introduction to the tour
  • Minibus travel

10:30 AM

  • Arrival at Loom Shed, Vatisker.
  • 45 mins – Harris Tweed® weaving demonstration and souvenir photos
  • Minibus travel

11:20 AM

  • Arrival at Gress Cairn
  • 10 mins – Photo opportunity and talk on Land Raids
  • Minibus travel

11:45 AM

  • Arrival at Garry Beach
  • 50 mins – Walk on the beach and explore sea stacks, Bridge to Nowhere
  • Minibus travel

01:00 PM

  • Arrival at Museum nan Eilean and Lews Castle
  • 45 mins – Tour of Museum & Castle, shopping opportunity
  • Minibus travel

02:00 PM

  • Drop off point at Deepwater Port and/or Ferry Terminal (location will be advised by direct email correspondence prior to tour date).
  • Feedback and Goodbyes!

Terrain

The loom shed where we will have the weaving demonstration has restricted space, so be prepared for a snug fit! I’ll ensure you all get situated in positions where you have a full view of the loom in operation and that you are not too close to the moving parts of the machinery.

As we will be walking over uneven ground with wet sand at the beach, wearing a sturdy pair of shoes is recommended. The weather is unpredictable, so having a light coat on hand might be a good idea. In any case, I will have umbrellas stored on the minibus should they be required.

Facilities

Please note that the tour route covers an area of the island which is very remote and therefore extremely limited in general facilities. Listed here are the available options.

Toilets

On request we can stop at Traigh Mhor toilet facilities which are situated very close to our scheduled 11:40 am stop at Garry beach. There are extensive toilet facilities at the Museum which is our last scheduled stop at 1:00 pm.

Café & shop

The 1pm Castle stop has the Storehouse Café available which serves hot and cold drinks with a variety of locally baked treats, homemade soup and toasted sandwiches.

The Outfitters shop is next to the café and is crammed with gorgeous gifts and souvenirs with many Harris Tweed® products for sale.

TOUR ROUTE

Weather forecast

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Located amongst the opulent ground floor rooms of Lews Castle, the Storehouse Café is the ideal spot to soak in the history of your surroundings during your visit. Serving hot and cold drinks with a variety of locally-baked treats on offer (including gluten-free and vegan options!),

DRIFTWOOD

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