Visit and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Tolsta, Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), on the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, a straggling and characteristic North Hebridean village, is rather strikingly out on a limb, though a beautiful one. The promontory has fine beaches and some prehistoric remains. The late Lord Leverhulme, when he was proprietor of the island, built a road from Stornoway along the East coast of Lewis that he intended would reach the Butt of Lewis. He left the island before it could be completed, and the road peters out into the moorland just beyond Tolsta. The villagers, who live by fishing and crofting, remain deliberately secluded in their mode of life. Most of them are members of the Free Presbyterians (or “secessionists”), who are stricter even than members of the Free Kirk in doctrine and discipline. They are also denser in numbers at Tolsta than in any other place in Scotland, with the possible exception of Raasay.
On a fine day, the view from Tolsta across the 40 miles of sea to the mainland is one of the most entrancing in Scotland. You may see the West coast of the mainland, with its strangely-shaped mountains, stretched before you from Cape Wrath down to Ullapool. It is well worth the drive out from Stornoway along the lonely road to see it.
Nearby islands: Isle of Harris, Stromay
Nearby towns: Stornoway, Ullapool
Have you decided to visit or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a bed and breakfast (a B&B or b and b)
- a guesthouse
- a hotel (or motel)
- a self-catering establishment, or
- other accommodation