Top artists lure new visitors to Isle of Lewis for #winterinthewild

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The Hebridean premieres of brand new work by Karine Polwart, Alan Bissett and Julia Taudevin are set to attract new visitors to the Isle of Lewis this winter, as part of an exciting new off-season tourism campaign led by An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway.

The #winterinthewild campaign is a partnership between An Lanntair and VisitScotland, Outer Hebrides Tourism, Hebridean Hopscotch Holidays, Loganair, CalMac, Glasgow Airport, Cala Hotels, and Lews Castle, with support from Creative Scotland, Event Scotland and Outer Hebrides LEADER.

The campaign launched today (Thursday September 5), with a new trailer promoting the Isle of Lewis and An Lanntair’s winter programme, directed by Lewis film-maker John Macdonald and featuring music by Mairi Campbell, who will appear in two shows at An Lanntair in the coming months – Soil and Soul and Auld Lang Syne.

#winterinthewild will highlight some of the compelling reasons why the Outer Hebrides is a perfect getaway outside of the summer season – extraordinary scenery, wildlife, stargazing in some of the darkest places in Britain, locally-sourced food, the opportunity to get away from cities and crowds, the beautiful empty beaches, and a programme of high quality cultural events this winter at An Lanntair.

An Lanntair’s winter programme includes two major festivals: Faclan, which runs from October 30 to November 2, and the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, which returns for its second year from February 7-22. Tickets for individual events at Faclan are on sale from this week, and the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival will announce its programme on October 1.

Elly Fletcher, CEO of An Lanntair, said: ‘What an incredible programme of world-class events this will be. We are looking forward to welcoming new visitors to truly experience Winter in the Wild, here in the Outer Hebrides this year.

‘Winter time in the isles can be wild and stunning in equal measure, from the breathtaking dark skies to wildlife spotting, hiking through rainbows, even cold water surfing.

‘I am delighted that, along with all our partners, we have been able to create and launch today such an exciting, inspiring and multi-layered programme of events to entice new people to experience these beautiful islands this winter.’

For updates follow #winterinthewild on social media, or visit for programme information and to purchase tickets.