Lewis forms one part of an island in the Outer Hebrides. Harris forms the southern third of the same island. In former times (up to 1970s) Lewis and Harris were in separate counties, which may explain the dual names.
Religion still plays an important part in many peoples lives. In Lewis and Harris this is often in the form of Protestant Free Presbyterian Churchs. As a result the Sabbath (Sunday) is respected, so you are unlikely to find shops etc open on a Sunday. Activites 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 roadsigns 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".
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 .