When you arrive in Stornoway, you just know you're about to begin an unforgettable Hebridean adventure. The harbour town is the portal to discovering a dramatic island landscape, rich in natural and historical heritage, and it's the epicentre of Gaelic culture. So let us introduce you properly - as the locals say, fàilte gu Steòrnabhagh!
Gateway to Lewis and Harris
For many, Stornoway is the main entry point to Lewis and Harris, which together make up the largest island in the Outer Hebrides. Get out and explore, and you'll discover an ever-changing mix of terrains; mountains, hills, lunar-like rocky plateaus, moorlands, meadows, rugged coastlines and white sandy beaches all feature. When it comes to heart-achingly beautiful scenery, the Western Isles deliver.
Prehistoric standing stones dating back millenniums, Iron Age brochs and traditional 17th century blackhouses are just some of the amazing sites you can take in and get an insight into island communities of the past. See skilled islanders produce Harris Tweed, luxury handwoven wool which has been crafted on the island for generations - it's only made on the Outer Hebrides and regularly features in designs from world-famous fashion houses.
Around the town
Stornoway is the largest town in the Outer Hebrides, and it's a harbour town which comes with plenty of charms of its own. Get introduced to Gaelic arts, literature and music and island traditions at the town's arts hub and at the new museum, or browse independent shops for locally-made crafts and unique gifts.