Location

Directions to the B&B

Around Laxay

Laxay B&B is in a peaceful and tranquil setting with fantastic views across Loch Erisort, a sea loch that has plenty of wildlife to watch. Among the many are, seals, otters, sea eagles and buzzards. Marion can tell you the best places to see these amazing creatures and its all on the doorstep, just a ten minute walk down the croft to the shore of the sea loch.

The loch is in some places one and half miles wide and approximately seven miles long to the mouth where it reaches the sea.

There is a post office in the village which is open part-time, you can get stamps and cash there.

Loch Erisort Inn offers a range of meals and drinks.

If driving, there is a shop at Ballalan only a few minutes away in the Harris direction and petrol can be obtained from the licensed Mini-mart in Leurbost (15 minutes away), which sells a wide range of goods.

There are buses to Stornoway and Tarbert, both only a half-hour journey and there are also buses to the area locally known as the Westside, which includes Callanish, where you can see the magnificent Standing Stones and Carloway, where you can visit the Broch, or to Garenin Village an historical renovated village now made into holiday accommodation. (In Garenin there is also a museum, café and gift shop).

Laxay is in the Lochs area which is divided into three, Kinloch, North and South Lochs. The area is dotted with fresh and sea water lochs giving a rich and varied wildlife, flora and fauna. The surrounding area of what is called the most remote in the UK has many unhabited and deserted villages.

There are registered walks from Cromore village both for the short amble to the more adventurious, giving a real walk on the wildside for nature lovers. A chance to find the Hebridean wildlife in its natural environment from Red deer to red-throated divers, brown trout and ospreys. Cromore village was once only accessed by sea and was the main staging post for the Lochs mail.

From the Orinsay viewpoint you can look across the Minch to the now uninhabited Shiant Isles, the waters offshore here run deep so this is a good place to spot basking sharks, whales and dolphins. There is a coastal path to the deserted village of Stereway.

From Crobeg the tidal island called Eilean Chalium Chille can be accessed when the tide is low by a causeway and you can explore the ruins of St Columba Church. In 1549 it was reported to be an important centre of religion. The cemetery was used until 1878.

Not far away is Pairc Musuem with many interesting artefacts and local history. Open May/Sept.

July provides visitors and locals with fun and entertainment at the Lochs show held at Laxay Showground.

Ravenspoint Visitor Centre at Kershader is worth a visit for its collection of historical records, café and gifts.

Tarbert is the main town on the Isle of Harris, connected to Lewis by a newly constructed road over the old bridge. Tarbet has many pubs and eating venues as well shops selling a wide range of gifts and local crafts. The ferry takes you across the sea to Skye.

Centrally based for Great days out in Lews and Harris