Towns & Villages

    Stornoway is the main town on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

    Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is now a great town and transport hub. You’ll find many hotels, B&Bs and pubs to upon your arrival by ferry from Ullapool or plane from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness.

    The town has a bustling harbour and fascinating attractions including An Lanntair Arts Centre, Lewis Loom Centre and Lews Castle, a magnificent 19th century construction with fine grounds, which is soon to re-open as a heritage museum and archives.

    A range of local specialist shops sell handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and Harris Tweed.

    A hub for the arts and Gaelic heritage, Stornoway hosts the annual Hebridean Celtic Festival and the community of the town and island, along with that of Harris, won a 2015 Creative Place Award in recognition of its exceptional contributions to Scotland’s cultural scene.

    Stornoway is also home to a good variety of eating establishments, including the stylish Solas Restaurant, found within the Caberfeidh Hotel, and the Digby Chick restaurant which specialises in fresh seafood. Be sure to try the local speciality - the renowned Stornoway black pudding (and white pudding and fruit pudding too).

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