A haven for travelers with an affinity for wilderness, Stornoway is the gateway to the famous Outer Hebrides of Scotland. The port town lies on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis, surrounded by an isolated and idyllic landscape of mountains, moorlands and coastlines.
Things to do in Stornoway
Step back over 1,000 years at Lews Castle, a Gothic Revival gem overlooking Stornoway Harbour. Tour the elegantly decorated rooms adorned with delicate murals and ornate plaster ceilings before strolling along the woodland walk and sitting down for afternoon tea in the Storehouse Cafe.
Take a sea safari around the Isle of Lewis to witness the dramatic coastlines of the Outer Hebrides. Marvel at the green mountains on Loch Marvig, uncover the mysteries of Loch Erisort and tour the famous Isle of Harris Distillery. Along the way, spot dolphins leaping from the water and puffins hiding in the rocky caves.
Discover the story of the Outer Hebrides at the Museum of the Isles. Located on the leafy grounds of Lews Castle, the modern museum was inspired by the estate’s former glasshouse and showcases traditional island life through artifacts and imagery. See six of the famous Lewis Chessmen and watch dramatic videos illustrating the scenery.
Creatives should visit Lanntair Gallery, a contemporary exhibit and venue for theatre, literature, cinema and dance. See paintings and sculptures by local artists or catch a live band. You can even take a Gaelic conversation class and meet locals at the balcony bar.
Getting around Stornoway
You can fly into Stornoway Airport, which receives flights from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness. Coaches arrive at Ullapool, where it’s possible to take a car and passenger ferry to the Isle of Lewis. Once in Stornoway, taxis, buses, car hire and tours are all available.