Stoneyfield – Isle of Lewis
3 bedroom self-catering croft house
Sleeps 6 (pets welcome)
A traditional stone croft house built by the grandfather of Sula owner Catriona MacGeoch, Stoneyfield dates back to around 1890 and is situated in the small village of Flesherin on the Point peninsula. The main town of Stornoway, Stornoway Airport and the Ferry Terminal are only a 10 minute drive away.
The croft stands in a peaceful, tranquil position and enjoys superb open views over rolling moorland and Broad Bay –perfect freedom for dogs and children. A ten minute walk takes you to Portnaguran Pier with small fishing and lobster boats. Nearby Tiumpan Head, with its dramatic cliffs, is a haven for a diversity of wildlife and flora and fauna. Within easy travelling distance are wonderful white sandy beaches, innumerable lochs and an unspoiled natural environment. Stoneyfield is a great base from which to explore the Outer Hebrides and to truly get away from it all.
Historical attractions abound including the Standing Stones at Callanish, the oldest stone circle in Britain, the Blackhouse Village at Gearrannan and the preserved Broch at Carloway. On the rugged west coast at Uig is the site where the famous Lewis Chessmen were first discovered.
The Outer Hebrides is the heartland of Gaelic culture and is celebrated in a vibrant cultural scene – An Lanntair is a dynamic arts centre in Stornoway and both the Hebridean Celtic Festival and Taransay Fiddle Week take place each summer.
Lewis and Harris are also home to Harris Tweed – the world famous cloth which is hand woven by the weavers in their own homes. Visit the tweed weavers at work and enjoy the wide selection of Harris Tweed shops as well as art galleries, potteries and locally produced arts and crafts shops.
The west coast of Lewis is a world-class surfing destination with stunning beaches and excellent waves. Other popular pursuits are sea kayaking, cliff abseiling, windsurfing and kite surfing. Cycling and coastal and moorland walking with sublime views are also ideal ways to pass the time. The Harris Hills are forged from some of the oldest rock in the world and provide a superb climbing experience. Sailing, fishing and golfing are other major attractions throughout the islands.
Often described as Britain’s final wilderness, the Outer Hebrides are a haven for wildlife. Around the croft snipe and curlew are commonly heard as is the elusive corncrake. The Butt of Lewis attracts cormorants, guillemots and kittiwakes and is also excellent for whale watching. In the surrounding seas basking sharks are common and seals can be spotted all year round. Take a walk along the beautiful and unspoilt beaches and be amazed by the machair- full of rare wildflowers – it does the soul good!
You can eat incredibly well in the Outer Hebrides with a wonderful selection of locally produced foods. The local beef and lamb is fantastic. Feast on lobster and scallops as well as freshwater salmon and trout and certainly not be missed – the famous Stornoway black pudding.