The largest settlement and administrative centre of the Outer Hebrides is Stornoway, on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis
As home to the island’s airport, as well as a busy sea port, Stornoway offers a warm welcome to anyone choosing to visit Lewis as part of their Outer Hebridean explorations, as well as providing the backdrop to many a fond farewell.
However, Stornoway is so much more than simply staging post on your island journey – offering its own exciting contributions to all kinds of island experiences.
Stroll along the quay at Stornoway Harbour and hear the shouts of the fishermen as the traditional fleet land the catch of the day before shipping it out to the island’s amazing eateries, smell the unmistakeable odour of peat on the air as the smokehouses turn the seafood specimens into island specialities and feel the winds off The Minch that carry so many here from the mainland.
Visit historic Lews Castle and gardens and witness the ongoing transformation of this local landmark into a key cultural centre for Outer Hebrides heritage , or wander through the surrounding woods and visit the Woodland Centre where you can eat, drink and shop for local crafts.
If shopping in Stornoway is on your agenda, take a trip to the Harris Tweed Hebrides Outlet and Lewis Loom Centre and learn all about the area’s traditional weaving methods before choosing a few items to remind you of your island journey.
Whatever you want to see during your stay in Stornoway, you can be sure of a warm island welcome and some great Hebridean hospitality with a wide range of accommodation and eateries also located in the area.
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