Difference between revisions of "Lewis"
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Ness is in the north part of the island, the west coast is known as the West side. Uig is in the far west bordering Harris and Lochs is in the South. Point is peninsula to the east of Stornoway and Back is directly to the north of Stornoway on the east coast.
Religion still plays an important part in many people’s lives. In Lewis and Harris this is often in the form of Protestant Free Presbyterian Churches. As a result the Sabbath (Sunday) is respected, so you are unlikely to find shops etc open on a Sunday. Activities happening on a Sunday often are opposed locally.
The Gaelic language and culture is appealing. At a practical level this means that place names on road signs are in Gaelic, but the bus timetables use the English names! Gaelic is widely spoken, but locals are happy to change to English if a visitor joins the conversation.
Caledonian MacBrayne, . The national ferry service. Citylink coaches generally connect with the ferries on the mainland. Details below are for Summer 2006:
There are good bus services during the day Mon - Sat, but little in the evening and no buses on a Sunday.
There are many fine sandy beaches, mainly on the Western side.
See Stornoway for accommodation there. More rural places are listed here.
Bed and Breakfasts
Some can be found on the tourist board website , but many are no longer listed due to the charges and "hassle". Newly opened, the finest place to stay in the Hebrides is just 10 minutes to the north of Stornoway - Broad Bay House  is the islands only 5* serviced accommodation, and has a superb beachside location and award winning dining. Broad Bay House is currently rated as the top rated B&B / guest house in the whole of the Hebrides on Tripadvisor, and has set new standards for guest accommodation in the Western Isles.
Renting a house for a week or more is a popular option. Such places are generally let from Saturday to Saturday. Some of these can be found on the tourist board website .
Don't visit the Cearns district.