Crofting

Crofting is small-scale, subsistence farming which has sustained families throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland since the 18th century.

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Fishing

The Ness fishing industry reached its peak in the 19th century. Rich fishing grounds off the Butt of Lewis yielded record catches of ling and cod, but also the more lucrative halibut and turbot.

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Weaving

Harris Tweed is a unique woollen textile, hand-woven for centuries by islanders throughout the Outer Hebrides, at their own homes. 

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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Designed by David Stevenson and built in 1862, the Butt of Lewis lighthouse stands at Rubha Robhanais, the most northerly point in the Western Isles. 

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Rona Cross

Dating from the 10th or 11th century, Saint Ronan’s Cross is the oldest artefact in the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis museum. 

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The Decca Station

The Decca radio navigational system for ships and aircraft became operational in its basic form in the 1940s. 

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The World Wars

At the heart of the community are memorials to those who lost their lives in the conflicts of the last century. 

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Local Businesses

Communities in the north and west of Lewis were for centuries enterprising and largely self-sufficient.

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