Lewis has, for many years, enjoyed direct modern links to the mainland by air and sea; and many visitors besides like to come or go via beautiful Harris and its own connections to the Isle of Skye or the Uists.
Caledonian MacBrayne offer a year-round, twice-daily car-ferry service to Stornoway from Ullapool in Wester Ross (in high season and on certain days of the week, thrice-daily.) It’s a pleasant 2 ½ hour voyage on the large, fast and comfortable LOCH SEAFORTH.
Or you might like to drive through the fabled isle of Skye for the shorter 1 ½ hour crossing from Uig to Tarbert in Harris, aboard the beautifully fitted HEBRIDES… or, as part of a wider adventure through the Western Isles, land at Leverburgh in South Harris on the LOCH PORTAIN, sailing from Berneray, North Uist.
Caledonian MacBrayne offer discounted ‘Island Hopscotch’ fares to visitors coming by one ferry and leaving by another – you’ll find full details of timetables and fares on their very clear website, where you can book your passage and buy your tickets online.
Many travelling light prefer, instead, to fly to Lewis; there are daily services to Stornoway from Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. You’ll find the Flybe website most convenient for inquiries and booking.
As for getting around, Lewis these days has an excellent, networked bus service – coaches trundling all over the island – though these run much less frequently in the evening, and none on Sundays. You’ll find full details here.
Cars can readily be hired on Lewis and your vehicle will be in readiness for you by Stornoway pier or at the airport from the various rental agencies in the area:
Lewis Car Rental
Mackinnon Self Drive
The quiet, open and (relatively!) flat terrain of Lewis makes our island very popular with visiting cyclists, and every year more intrepid cycle-campers holiday at Eilean Fraoich. If you’re bringing a bike – or would like to hire one – here’s a very useful page.
However you choose to come, the Eilean Fraoich Camp Site is easily found in Shawbost village.
If you arrive from the south, via Carloway, we’re the second turning on the right once you’re into Shawbost – immediately before the school and the old village church – and we’re at the top of our road.
Coming from Stornoway, through Barvas, we’re the fourth turning on your left within the township and the first after you’ve crossed the stone-built Victorian bridge over the village river – immediately after the school and the old church – and our site’s at the top of the road.