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Round and about Stornoway,
the Isle of Lewis, Harris and other Hebridean islands...
is the administrative 'capital' of the Outer Hebrides, with the main
offices of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), Western
Isles NHS Health Board, several Gaelic language bodies, plus a wide
range of commerce and industry.
In addition to
being the home
these institutions, Stornoway is the primary tourist centre within the
island chain and the main pint of entry form the mainland, via its
modern air- and ferry terminals.
There's a lot
more to Stornoway
than you might imagine. An eclectic mix of architecture, with
traditional Scottish style gentlemens' residences, maritime buildings
with Dutch influences, the ultra modern arts and sports centres, plus
brightly painted new apartment blocks and mews houses.
Exploring the town
This page can
only give a taste of
the area, so, for the full picture, visit the tourist information
office in Stornoway, when you arrive. Or perhaps view some of
information available from our links page.
quite a busy
little town, providing the population of Lewis and Harris with
supermarkets and essential shopping. In addition to a number
national multiple stores, independent shops still thrive and you'll
find good quality local crafts, clothing, books and art.
harbour, fishing boats
catches, pleasure yachts and small cruise ships visit - it's an
interesting area in which to explore and get a feel for a town
that has not been overtaken by tourism.
from Cuddy Point provides interesting views in the extensive grounds of
Lews Castle, built by
the Matheson family but better known for its connections with Lord
...neolithic history in the Outer Hebrides
(Gaelic - Calanais)
fields were first cultivated before 4000BC. However, farming on the
earthen ridges below the Standing Stones probably started much later.
embankments were built around 3000 BC and it's thought that a structure
was built at about that time, which would be surrounded by the ring at
Stones at sunset -
so far north that night is very short in Summer and skies can be
dramatic, especially around the solstice.
time of year, the stones are well worth a visit.
...never far away
Which beach is
the best is a
matter for debate, but Bosta must be high on the list. At the northern
tip of Great Bernera and around 45 minutes drive away, a place where,
on a still, warm day, you could be forgiven for thinking you were
basking beside the Indian Ocean.
beyond the turn off to Bosta, you'll find Uig beach, probably the
largest expanse of soft sand on the island.
home, on the east
coast, are Dhail Beag and Dhail Mor - well worth a visit and noted for
their surf. To the north of Stornoway you will find Traigh
Tolsta - a long beach that's also popular with surfers.
The great outdoors
...so much to see and do
interest is a gentle
stroll, birdwatching, 18 holes of golf, a wide choice of stunning
sailing, cycling, hill walking or a multitude of other outdoor
pursuits, you'll find them here.
bird walks across moorland to learning to surf, there are plenty of
organised pursuits, too. Forget the world you've left behind
and relax in the peace and tranquility of our fresh, green environment.
Summer evenings, you can really make the most of your visit.
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