Museum nan Eilean
Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS2 0XS, UK
Photo by Nick Smith, courtesy Museum nan Eilean
Mon - Wed, Fri, Sat 1pm - 4pm
Museum nan Eilean This local history museum is particularly impressive for its location—a state-of-the-art, custom-built wing in the 18th-century Lews Castle—but it’s also known for housing six of the famous Lewis Chessmen, carved around 1150 and left on the Isle of Lewis by visiting Vikings. Here, you’ll also find a wraparound audiovisual presentation about the Outer Hebrides, with effects so dramatic they’re known to induce vertigo, as well as exhibitions of Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age artifacts, including several quartz arrowheads.