During the summer of 2014, the Segway X2s were a familiar sight taking visitors and locals alike around the Lews Castle Grounds in Stornoway.
These 2 wheeled, zero-emission, battery powered machines built for rugged, off-road conditions are a unique way to experience what the Castle Grounds has to offer. The Segway Guides leading each tour provide insights into the place and its people that add up to a rich local history.
In 2015, several new activities are available alongside the Segway Tours and Treks to cater for the wide range of requests the operators received during 2014. These include Stornoway Walking Tours, Forest Archery and Geocaching trails, along with mountain bike and other equipment hire.
The Stornoway Walking Tour is an opportunity to see, hear and taste the best of what Stornoway has to offer. The owners Lynne and Findlay Maciver experienced food-tasting tours while in New York and have brought this concept to the Island.
Alongside seeing and hearing about the history and sights of Stornoway Town Centre, participants can taste local delicacies such as Macleod’s Butchers’ award winning Stornoway Black Pudding and Stag Bakeries crackers flavoured with local seaweed. These tours take place during Visit Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink, celebrating the depth and richness of what Scotland has to offer in food and drink.
Inspired by the Hunger Games books and movies, or closer to home, Disney’s animated movie Brave with its Hebridean connections, bows and arrows are enjoying an increase in popularity. Forest Archery is the opportunity to experience the thrill of archery in the open air. With training and equipment provided, this is suitable for families and groups from the age of six and up.
Geocaching, a form of modern day orienteering, is available to many through their smart phones and GPS built into many devices. For those not yet familiar with geocaching, Experience Hebrides has guides available to help you get started and find your way around.
‘Caches’, the name for the object or ‘treasure’ you set out to look for, can be found in the Castle Grounds, with a Geocaching trail set up by Experience Hebrides with information about the Castle Grounds history also available.
Equipment is available for hire including mountain bikes to explore the numerous purpose-built tracks throughout the Castle Grounds and GPS units, great for Island wide cycling and walking with local maps and pre-programmed routes.
For more information about the activities and equipment for hire, please visit experiencehebrides.com. Experience Hebrides Limited was established in 2014. Operating from the Woodlands Centre in Stornoway it provides Segway trekking and tours, archery, GPS, walking tours and mountain bike hire working with partner organisation Bike Hebrides.