According to the users of international travel site TripAdvisor, Isle of Lewis and Harris is the best island in Europe. TripAdvisorÂ´s travel community has been making reviews on islands they had visited, and based on these comments, the Scottish island has been chosen as the best in Europe! Why travel far, if treasures can be found in your backyard? But what actually makes this island so special? We have made a small investigation into what is worth visiting in there; here is a short guide to Isle of Lewis and Harris.
It is one island, although both of its parts , the northern Lewis and the southern Harris, are often referred to separately. It belongs to the Outer Hebrides archipelago located north-west of mainland Scotland. You can get there by a ferry from Ullapool in the north-west of Scotland to Stornoway, Lewis' capital city. Car hire is the best way to see the diversity of the island's attractions and go as you please. The best time to visit - spring and summer, due to weather and most of the museums and historic sites being open during this time.
History and culture
A trip to the Hebrides is like a trip into the history of Scotland and its Celtic and Nordic settlers. Isle of Lewis and Harris is believed to have been inhabited for 5000 years and till today, you can hear Scottish Gaelic spoken on a daily basis. The famous Callanish Standing Stones have witnessed the first settlements on the island. Certainly a highlight, but the magnificent monoliths are not the only historical sites on the isle. Carloway Broch, near Loch an Duin, an Iron Age fortification structure in an oval shape built on the hill, is one of the must-see things on Lewis. Another attraction, definitely worth visiting, would be the Iron Age village on the Isle of Great Bernera.
There is a rich world of wildlife on the island, and one can watch numerous species both on the land and in the sea. Boat trips are a popular way of observing such living creatures as porpoises, dolphins, seals, and sometimes even whales. Picturesque, serene beaches can be found throughout the island. Colours of blue waters, bright sands, green grass and some dark rocky mountains intertwine across the isle.