Welcome toLewis


From standing stones to broad, deserted beaches, Lewis has captured the imagination since Neolithic times.

1 of 5 Achmore, Isle of Lewis

More about Lewis

Ideal for:

History & heritage Culture

Voted No.1 island in Europe

As TripAdvisor's top island pick in 2014, Lewis has got a lot to recommend it. The Callanish stones are one of the finest examples of Neolithic standing stones to be found anywhere in Scotland, and the beaches are broad sweeps of white sand and clear seas. The ferry to Stornoway delivers you to the hub of the island, home to the HebCelt Festival  each year - and the rest of the isle is yours for an adventure. The moors and lochs and coasts support plenty of wildlife, and a round of Stornoway Black Pudding should keep you going while you explore. And to warm up after the days outdoors, the 200 year old Abhainn Dearg Distillery is worth a visit.

For more information on this destination visit the Outer Hebrides website. 


Lewis Map

How to get here

The main ferry to Lewis is from Ullapool on the mainland, which takes 2 hours 45 minutes. You can also travel from Skye to Harris and drive north. Vehicle reservations are recommended, you can book online on our home page and select buy tickets. 

The Outer Hebrides are perfect for an island hopping adventure. You can go from North Uist to Berneray, and from Berneray to Leverburgh on Harris, and drive north. Find out more about our Island Hopping tickets. 

Looking for the best form of travel to and from our ports? Traveline can help you find the way that best suits you for making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

We have listed some travel information below that you may find useful:

Getting to Ullapool 

Ullapool is up on the North West coast of Scotland. Most routes to Ullapool go through Inverness.

By train and bus

Get the train to Inverness - about 3 hours 20 minutes direct from Glasgow or Edinburgh. The bus from Inverness to Ullapool takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

Why not purchase a Rail and Sail ticket from Glasgow to Stornoway? Find trains at Scotrail  and buses at Citylink

By car

Driving from Glasgow or Edinburgh to Ullapool takes around 4 hours, traffic permitting.

Postcode for sat nav

Ullapool Port: IV26 2UR


Have you thought about alternate routes to get to your chosen destination?

With 5 routes on and off the Outer Hebrides and great connectivity throughout the island chain the travel options available have never been greater.

Whether you are looking to explore on an Hopscotch® holiday or find a different route home we offer a variety of daily sailings to ensure that you can reach your ideal destination.

Here are the 5 route options onto the Outer Hebrides

Castlebay (Barra) from Oban
Lochboisdale (Uists) from Mallaig
Lochmaddy (Uists) from Uig (Skye)
Tarbert (Harris) from Uig (Skye)
Stornoway (Lewis) from Ullapool

Useful information for your journey

For those travelling onward without a vehicle find out more about the bus services  offered throughout the Outer Hebrides.

Download the free Ultimate Outer Hebrides App  your ideal journey companion.

Keep up to date with all our CalMac services and Service status & info.

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