Benlester is in the village of Habost in the crofting community of South Lochs.
Commanding scenic views over Loch Erisort, Benlester is conveniently located half way between Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) and Tarbert (Isle of Harris) to offer visitors to the area the perfect location for touring both Islands but at the same time offering family run hospitality in a wonderful relaxing manner.
Benlester, owned and run by Mary and Angus McDowall, is a typical and rural working croft on which guests are free to explore.
Offering two double bedrooms (one en-suite and the other with private facilities) all rooms offer superb views over Loch Erisort and access to the decked area can be gained from the dining room for those warm summer evenings.
This part of the Island offers many outdoor activities: Walks to Steimreway, a substantial village on Loch Shell but long deserted, It benefits from a beautiful setting and good inshore brown trout fishing. There is also the Angus Macleod Archive at Ravenspoint. Angus was the driving force behind the memorials to the heroes of the Land Struggle. The Islands Book Trust, is also based at Ravenspoint, and publishes a unique collection of books about the history and culture of Scottish islands.
Further afield, guests may visit shell white sandy beaches with clear water, hundreds of acres of dunes, the unique flowers of the meadow machair, and one of the largest peat moors in Europe. All are accessible and the crofters are the friendliest and most hospitable of people asking only that you follow the crofting country code when walking over the land.
As well as great natural beauty and wildlife in the Lochs area, (Otters and Deer can be seen regularily), the Isles of Lewis and Harris have a wealth of archaeological and architectural sites, The Callanish Stone circle - second only to Stonehenge is 40 minutes drive away. There are many other historical sites, traditional crafts, and galleries and many good restaurants within easy reach of Benlester.
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