Comunn Eachdraidh Nis

Cross School, North Dell, Isle Of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, HS2 0SN



  • 3 Star Museum
3 Star Museum

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Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is a visitor centre situated in North Dell on the main A857. Comunn Eachdraidh Nis records, preserves and promotes the history, language and culture of North Lewis for local and global communities and aims to promote social health and well-being through a range of activities for all ages.

If you are planning a visit to the Isle of Lewis then a visit to Comunn Eachdraidh Nis is a must for your to do list. The museum (which is free to enter) showcases a past island community way of life. The artefacts on display have been donated by the community over many years. The iconic Ronan Cross is our most important artefact - it is mounted on a bespoke stand in the centre of the museum. The centre has two exhibition areas with exhibitions usually changing twice each year. 

The café provides a welcome pit stop for tourists and is also popular with local people. The Gaelic language is commonly spoken between customers and staff and the portraits on the wall have all been donated by local families. You can enjoy a freshly prepared light lunch of soup, sandwich, panini or wrap and finish it off with a speciality tea or coffee with homemade baking.  Local produce is used wherever possible. 

Looking to find out more on what there is to see and do in North Lewis? Some young local experts will show you highlights of North Lewis in our Bòidhchead ar Sgìre (A Tour of North Lewis) film. 

Our gift shop sells a wide range of locally made items including the Ishga skincare range, Harris Tweed merchandise and local knitwear. We also stock the Sandwick Bay and Essence of Harris range of candles including our own exclusive Comunn Eachdraidh Nis candle and diffuser ‘Soirée’ - the orange scent is inspired by a local story which is found inside each box. Also available is an ever-increasing range of Comunn Eachdraidh Nis in-house publications on local history as well as a wide selection of Gaelic books for both adults and children.

Our website is a great first stop while you plan your visit. Why not take a virtual tour of our building before you visit? Thugainn! (Let's go!)


Facilities include toilets, disabled access, coach parking and free WiFi. 

Please note we do not allow dogs, other than guide dogs, into the building.

We accept card and cash.

Guide Prices

Our museum is free to enter. We welcome and appreciate donations.



  • By Car
  • By Cycle
  • By Walking


  • Cafe / Restaurant available on site
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Kiosk/ Shop
  • Lunch Available
  • Shop
  • Tea & Coffee Available
  • Vegan Meals Available
  • Vegetarian Food Available


  • Baby Changing Facilities Available
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Menu Available
  • Highchair Available


  • Toilets


  • Disabled Access
  • No Smoking Permitted
  • Picnic Area

Languages Spoken

  • Gaelic Speaking

Leisure Facilities

  • Gift Shop


  • Island Location

Payment Methods

  • Cash
  • Debit Card
  • Mastercard
  • VISA Card

Special Requirements

  • Allergy Sufferers
  • Business Travellers
  • Children Welcome
  • Coach Parties Welcome
  • Disabled Citizens
  • Families
  • Groups Welcome
  • No Pets Allowed
  • School Groups Welcome
  • Senior Citizens
  • Single Travellers
  • Young People


  • Coach Parking On-site
  • Cycle Rack
  • Disabled Parking
  • Free Parking On-Site
  • On Public Transport Route
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    Recent Reviews:

    • timmH7460JI
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      A great slice of history
      5 of 5 stars
      14th October 2021
      One of the highlights of a recent trip to the Hebrides. If it was just the cafe it would get top marks but the exhibits really give a flavour of life in Ness over the years. Staff are really... Read full review
    • murronh2021
      Trip Type:
      Amazing time
      5 of 5 stars
      15th October 2021
      The place and staff are absolutely amazing! Especially with adults with disabilities, couldn’t do enough for us so accommodating. The homemade soup was wonderful along with the rest of the food... Read full review
    • Mark F
      Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
      If you are interested in the history and culture of the area, then this is the place to go...
      5 of 5 stars
      13th November 2021
      This is a really nice community museum, café, shop, community space. A modernized older building. Tells, like all community museums should do, about life in the area. I particularly liked the wheel... Read full review


    • 3 Star Museum
    3 Star Museum


    • Other AwardsGold Listing Gold Listing 2013
    • Green TourismEnergy Isles Award Energy Isles Award 2016
    • Other AwardsOuter Hebrides Tourism Member Outer Hebrides Tourism Member 2020
    • Other AwardsWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

    Opening Times

    * The museum, galleries and gift shop are open Monday to Friday 10am to 4.30pm.
    Our Café is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4.30pm (hot food is served until 3.30pm)
    Our opening times can vary throughout the year. Please telephone us to check up to date information.

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