Crofting is small-scale, subsistence farming which has sustained families throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland since the 18th century.
Consisting of a few acres of arable land for individual crofts and larger areas of ‘common grazing’ for community use, the system enables crofters, who are almost all part-time, to cultivate the land, produce crops and keep livestock.
Crofters pay an annual nominal rent to the landowner: the 56,000 acres in North Lewis are community owned since 2007, with crofter tenants paying a nominal rent to Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust).
Dating from the 10th or 11th century, Saint Ronan’s Cross is the oldest artefact in the Comunn Eachdraidh Nis museum.
The World Wars
At the heart of the community are memorials to those who lost their lives in the conflicts of the last century
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Designed by David Stevenson and built in 1862, the Butt of Lewis lighthouse stands at Rubha Ròbhanais, the most northerly point in the Western Isles