[WORLDKINGS] Exceptional places around the world (P.169) - Lewis and Harris island (Scotland) : Heartland of amazing landscape


(WorldKings.org) Lewis and Harris is a Scottish island in the Outer Hebrides. It is the largest island in Scotland and the third-largest in the British Isles, after Great Britain and the island of Ireland. The northern two-thirds is called Lewis and the southern third Harris, both are frequently referred to as if they were separate.

Lewis is home to around two-thirds of the population of the Western Isles. Its capital is Stornoway, the only significant town and home to the main port and airport.

The northwest coast includes a number of Lewis's most frequented tourist attractions, including the Butt of Lewis itself, the excellent Blackhouse Museum at Arnol, the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, the 30ft high Dun Carloway Broch, and the standing stones at Calanais.

Probably the most famous sight on the Isle of Lewis is the Calanais Standing Stones. Located on the west coast of Lewis, the stones date back to the Neolithic age – meaning that they're about 5000 years old!! The standing stones consist of the main stone circle and rows of stones branching off from this in a rough cross shape. If you've ever visited Stonehenge in England (especially recently), more standing stones might not sound that exciting. But while Stonehenge's famous stones are now roped off and usually very crowded, the opposite is true at Callanish. You would be more or less the only people there, and you can walk right up to and around all the stones.

Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, which today is a cross between open-air museum and holiday spot. The village consists of restored blackhouses – long stone cottages with thatched roofs – and offers up both vacation accommodation and historical demonstrations.

Luskentyre Beach has been named one of the best beaches in the United Kingdom, and it’s easy to see why. You can splash in the waves, frolick on the sand, and climb the rocky hill above the beach to get better views and visit with some hairy hielan' coos (hairy Highland cows).

As you move south through Lewis the skyline ahead of you becomes increasingly mountainous as you near Harris, the highest peak in the Western Isles at 799m.

Harris is characterized by high mountains, deeply indented sea lochs, coastal islands, and beautiful white beaches punctuating the predominant grey rock and green heather. Anyone who loves the far northwest of Scotland will be drawn to Harris: the character is different and distinct, but many of the elements are familiar.

According to undiscoveredscotland.co.uk and dangerous-business.com

Mihan (Collect and edit) (World Records Union - WorldKings.org)


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