A short drive from the castle

ACTIVITIES

Surrounding Amhuinnsuidhe is a vast, dramatically contrasting landscape. It has been designated both a Special Protection Area and a Site of Special Natural Interest. Guests are free to explore the estate or may want to travel to other parts of the island or explore other islands in the Outer Hebrides.

There is an abundant variety of wildlife and birdwatchers are likely to be rewarded with sitings of golden and white-tailed eagles. The islands are also home to many arts and crafts shops and studios, some in remote and scenic villages.

WALKING

The Castle staff will be pleased to advise guests on suitable routes according to your interests, weather conditions and time available. There is a trail or hill walk to suit everyone and you will find the scenery both stunning and memorable. The Clisham is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides and is a short drive from Amhuinnsuidhe. However, there are some challenging hills to climb which can be reached on a short walk from our Castle Grounds.

GOLF

Harris boasts a 9-hole golf course at Scarista, which is about 35 minutes drive from the Castle. Described by Nick Faldo as “one of the most beautiful places to play golf” the course provides both a challenging and rewarding round in an excellent setting.

There is also an excellent 18 hole course in Stornoway just an hour away from the Castle. The Stornoway course is in a peaceful setting overlooking Stornoway harbour and the hills of the Scottish mainland.

BEACHES

The Isle of Harris boasts some of the best beaches in the UK and nearby Luskentyre has been named in a number of world travel guides including The Times and Daily Telegraph travel pages. There is a magnificent beach near the Castle at Hushinish and if you are paying a visit to Lewis then a walk along the Traigh Mhor at Tolsta is a must. No matter which beach you choose, you will find white sands, a turquoise sea and you will probably have it all to yourself.

WILDLIFE

The wilderness surrounding the Castle provides an excellent habitat for many species of wildlife. You will find deer in the more remote areas or possibly the Castle gardens, whilst otters and seals can often be observed in the bay opposite the castle. For those taking boat trips, it is likely that you will see whales and dolphin. Bird spotters will be rewarded with sightings of Sandpiper, Dippers, Cormorants, Shag, and Herons and of course a variety of raptor including Buzzards and Eagles. Wildflowers also attract a diverse number of butterfly and other insects such as dragonfly.

TOURING

We will be pleased to provide you with information about days out to secluded islands, places of interest on Lewis & Harris, visits to Harris Tweed weavers and craft shops, or provide you with details of the many small art studios that we have in the area. For the more adventurous, a trip to St Kilda is an unforgettable experience. The island of Berneray and North Uist may also be visited on a day excursion. If you want to stay on dry land then a trip to the Callanish Stones could be combined with a visit to the Gearrannan and Arnol Blackhouses. Alternatively, visit the Iron Age house on the beach at Bosta and the beaches at Uig and Reef. On the east of Lewis take the road out to South Lochs and visit remote villages and moorland finishing off with stunning views across the Minch at Lemreway & Orinsay.