Comman Eachraidh an Taobh Siar (West Side Historical Society) covers the area between Arnol and Dail Beag (Dalbeg in Gaelic) on the west side of the island.There are many local tourist attractions, some of which are listed below:
Arnol Black House This is one of the old croft dwellings which has been preserved by Historic Scotland.Inside its double stone walls, filled with earth for insulation, lived both the family and their animals. Admission charge. Open Monday - Saturday.
Whalebone Arch ( click link to view article ) Formed by the jawbone of an 85-foot long blue whale that came ashore in 1920 with the harpoon still attached. Visible from the road.
South Bragar Dun After you have passed the Whalebone Arch in Bragar, continue south along the road. Shortly you will see the dun in a loch 80 metres east of the road. It can be accessed on foot by a causeway.
Shawbost Folk Museum Situated in an old church, it began as a school project in the 1970s and was never dismantled. It houses various artefacts from days gone by including farming tools, kitchen implements, irons, a loom, even a crofter's bedroom and photos of a Norse watermill which was restored. No admission charge, but donations welcomed.
Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln These two small thatched buildings have been rebuilt to illustrate the process by which barley grain was processed into meal. After being dried in the kiln, the grain was put through the water-driven mill. This type of work went on in Lewis up until the 1940s. Open all year. Nearby Dalbeg beach is very picturesque