With a total area of 683 square miles, the Isle of Lewis is the largest island of the Western Isles in Scotland. The island is mostly made up of uninhabitable mountainous land. Three quarters of the population live in the flatter, more fertile land of Stornoway. The mountainous area is home to various fauna such as seals, red deer and golden eagles. There are a number of conservation areas to protect these species.
Lewis filled with rich history with the earliest archaeological remains dating to over 5,000 years ago. There was a small settlement for farmers and their herds. However in the 9th century the Vikings created a settlement after raiding from the sea.
From the Isle's rich culture of myths and legends, traditions are very much the fore-front of today's society. The Gaelic language, Sabbath observance and peat cutting are still the most important practises.