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Lews Castle Stornoway. Photo George Sinclair
Lews Castle Stornoway. Photo George Sinclair
An Lanntair Arts Centre. Stephen Branley
An Lanntair Arts Centre. Stephen Branley
Heritage Store in Stornoway. Photo Petr Broz
Heritage Store in Stornoway. Photo Petr Broz
Historic Gate, Outer Hebrids. Photo Petr Broz
Historic Gate, Outer Hebrids. Photo Petr Broz
Lake at Lews Castle. Photo Stornoway Trust
Lake at Lews Castle. Photo Stornoway Trust
View over Township. Photo Stornoway Trust
View over Township. Photo Stornoway Trust
Festival at Lews Castle. Stornoway Trust
Festival at Lews Castle. Stornoway Trust
Amity House. Photo Stornoway Port Authority
Amity House. Photo Stornoway Port Authority

Stornoway Information

Stornoway is a Scottish town located on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides off mainland Scotland. The town has a long history although it is unclear to exactly when it was first settled with some archaeological pottery having been found in the area dating Stornoway back some 5000 years.

The town has a very big maritime industry with its harbour being home to several fishing fleets. There are also several other commercial piers for its industrial and manufacturing industries and Stornoway sees many cruise liners like Cruise Scotland and Cruise Europe docking in Stornoway as tourists are eager to explore the island.

One of the biggest tourist drawcards and a must see place is Lews Castle built in 1857. The castle was once the private country house for Sir James Matheson who owned the entire island after making his fortune in the Chinese Opium trade. The grounds are open to the public with the gardens being an excellent place to relax and soak up the ambience of the surrounding countryside.

Another great attraction is the An Lanntair Arts Centre located in the heart of Stornoway. An Lanntair is home to an art gallery, cinema, auditorium and a wonderful large quality restaurant. An Lanntair is the hub for most entertainment in Stornoway with regular performances being held here. An annual key event that is not to be missed is the Hebridean Celtic Festival.

With Stornoway being the gateway to the Isle of Lewis, it is recommended to take a tour to explore the island more as it has some other fascinating sights such as circle of the standing stones, whalebone arch, Crannogs, the trussel stones, Carloway Broch, Latta’s Mill and the Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln.

Nature lovers will enjoy the many vast sights spread throughout the Isle of Lewis. There are six fantastic beaches with Bostadh Beach being the most popular as it also features the restored Iron Age mills. The Leathad Ard gardens is the most popular place for an amazing array of wildlife and fauna. With an acre of pristine gardens evolved over 30 years, Leathad Ard has something of interest to everyone.

For more information on Stornoway and the attractions on The Isle of Lewis you may want to visit the Isle of Lewis website.

Boats Mooring inside Boat Harbour. Stornoway, Scottland
Boats Mooring inside Boat Harbour. Stornoway, Scottland
Aerial View over Port and Township. Stornoway Port Authority
Aerial View over Port and Township. Stornoway Port Authority