Out & About

At Loch Erisort Hotel we will make sure that you have a chance to rest and relax whilst enjoying and discovering the peace and tranquilly of the Outer Hebrides. You’ll probably need to stay with us for one or two nights if you’re travelling the Hebridean Way.

Stay a little longer…

We will do our best to help you to have a wonderful experience while you explore these islands in a bit more depth.

Explore South Lochs

Our local well-stocked shop, community cafe and fascinating Pairc Historical Society museum is at the Ravenspoint Centre in Kershader. The museum has a range of exhibits of local interest and hosts temporary presentations such as the recent ‘Women of Pairc’ exhibition.

The Ravenspoint Centre also provides 24hr fuel and a post office. Check the link above for their opening times.

Rob Howard is the chap to contact for more information about a Wildlife Photography excursion.

Combine a visit to the Kinloch Historical Society Museum in nearby Balallan with a stop at their community cafe, charity shop and The Islands Book Trust who publish a wide range of reference booklets, talks and walks.

HebCelt

Stay with us when you come to the island for the HebCelt festival in July.

It is the multi-award winning Hebridean Celtic Festival and has been a key feature in the culture of the Outer Hebrides since 1996.

Day Trips

Loch Erisort Hotel is perfectly located at the centre of the islands of Lewis and Harris.

It’s easy to make day trips to the world-famous Luskentyre Beach on the west side of Harris, along with the Isle of Harris Distillery and Harris Tweed Shop, both in Tarbert.

On the way to Harris visiting the Seaforth Harris Tweed Weaver is a fascinating experience as is the Gearrannan Black House Village, Whalebone Arch and Uig Sands where the ancient Lewis Chessmen where found on the west coast of Lewis.

Visit Stornoway

Further north, you’ll find our lively and vibrant capital, Stornoway with its shops, site of the Iolaire martime disaster and Lewes Castle with its woodlands and Museum.

Visit Ness

At the far north of Lewis a day trip to the Ness Museum with its excellent cafe and gift shop can be combined with a visit to the windiest place in the UK, the Butt of Lewis lighthouse.

Boat Trips

We can also recommend from personal experience, Sea Trek and other wee boat trips around the smaller islands.

For a more immersive experience book in advance for trips to the Shiant Islands in the Minch or World Heritage site, St Kilda 50 miles off the west coast, both seeped in the extraordinary culture and history of these islands.

Northern Lights

It is especially well located for a chance to experience the Northern Lights, considering the very low impact of light and noise pollution. Photographers come from far and wide to capture the mesmerising phenomena that is locally known as the Aurora and you can see on Facebook the amount of photographs taken by local crofters and late night dog walkers!

To see the photographs is really amazing, but to encounter it for myself, it was a moving, spiritual moment for me.

Whether you believe in angels, faeries or science, it is on many ‘bucket lists’ and is a truly sensational and extremely significant life experience.

Rainbows

Rainbows are a regular treat on the island, we have witnessed the beauty of a rainbow over the hotel on more days than I can remember, so you can expect to see one or two when you visit, as the Scottish Islands are one of the top five places to see rainbows in the UK.

Reading about the Hebrides

Before you arrive, we can recommend from our own reading;

‘On the Island’ by Iain Chrichton Smith

Findlay J. MacDonald Omnibus which includes ‘Crowdie and Cream’, ‘Crotal and White’ and ‘The Corncrake’.