Updated: Nov 16, 2021
We do get our fair share of wind and rain here in the north end of Lewis. Although this makes for dramatic photography and an atmospheric ambience as the wind whistles around the house, it can be difficult to keep everyone entertained when the weather is far from ideal. So, in this blog post, we will share a list of activities that we enjoy doing ourselves, or with our families, when the rain seems relentless. There’s still fun to be had!
1. Bowling at Spòrsnis
Visit the only 10 pin bowling alley in the Western Isles! The bowling alley is located within Spòrsnis, our local community sports hub. A Bring Your Own Bottle policy is also in place, for adults who would like to play an evening game. Call (+44) 01851 810 039 for prices and to book your slot.
2. Lionel School Swimming Pool
Unfortunately, the pool is closed in compliance with COVID-19 guidelines.
If you’re going to get soaked outside, you might as well get soaked inside! Outwith school hours, the 12.5m swimming pool at Lionel Primary School is open to the public for use. Hours:
Tues 19:00 – 21:00 Public Swimming (20.00 – 21.00 is for adults swimming) Thurs 18:00 – 20:00 Public Swimming Thurs 20:00 – 21:00 Over 16s Sat 11:00 – 16:00 Public Swimming Sun CLOSED Prices – Adults £3.00, Over 6 years, over 60s and concessions £1.50, Under 6 free
3. Comunn Eachdraidh Nis / Ness Historical Society
The Ness Historical Society is situated in the village of North Dell, in what was formerly the Cross Primary School. It now holds a historical archive, museum and café – perfect for tracing your family tree, gaining a glimpse into what life was like in these communities, or passing some time with a coffee and cake.
4. Spòrsnis Bikes & Trikes and Softplay
There is a softplay facility in Spòrsnis, as well as bike and trike hire in the gym hall, which can serve as the perfect activity to keep little ones entertained. Tea, coffee and snacks can be purchased on site for those not playing. Call (+44) 01851 810 039 for more information and prices.
5. Experience the Estate from the Comfort of your Armchair!
The landscape of the Galson Estate has inspired authors from around the world to create literature, and has served as the backdrop to many notable works. But the Estate itself has also produced many talented authors, poets and writers, each hailing from the many different villages within the Galson Estate boundary. Why not curl up with a book at home and lose yourself in one of these works?
Why not try:
The Changing Outer Hebrides: Galson and the Meaning of Place, Frank Rennie
Nis Aosmhor, Dan Morrison
The Archaeology of Ness, Chris S. Barrowman
The Healing Wells and Chapels of the Western Isles, Finaly Macleod
Eachdraidh le Càirdeas is Cridhe, Ainmean-àite Ceann a Tuath Leòdhas, Nis gu Baile an Truiseil - History with Heart and Soul, The Place-names of North Lewis, Ness to Ballantrushal - Ness Historical Society
The Blackhouse Trilogy, Peter May
As the Women Lay Dreaming, Donald S. Murray
Cluaintean Uaine, Bàrdachd le Seòras Moireach agus Dòmhnall MacIllìosa
More information coming soon.
6. Local Shopping
The north end of Lewis is very well served in terms of amenities, and we are lucky to have many gifted artists living and working here on the Estate. Why not spend a rainy day visiting these workshops and shops? Go to our Shop Local page to find out more about the beautiful gifts you can purchase, often handmade here on the Estate.
7. Gym at Spòrsnis
For those of us who still like to keep active during our holidays, the gym at Spòrsnis could meet your needs when the outdoor conditions are less than ideal! Weightlifting, fitness suite and sauna all available. Call (+44) 01851 810 039 for more information and prices.
8. A Meal or a Drink at One of our Many Bars and Restaurants!
Hunker down in one of our many welcoming bars and restaurants on the Estate, and enjoy good food, drink and craic. Visit our Eat Local page to see the list. Live music is sometimes available, too!
9. Bingo, Games and Live Music at Ness Football Club Social Club
Football is very important to the Ness community. Bingo features on select nights and live music events are regularly hosted here.
You can follow the activities of the football club on Facebook – search for ‘Ness Football Club’, or call (+44) 01851 810 421 to find out what’s on.
Opening hours correct as of November 2021:
Thursday: 5pm to 10pm
Friday: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday: 4pm to 12am