Journey to the Heart of the Western Isles

Colorful row houses and red-hulled fishing vessels line the shores of this picturesque port set on the edge of the Outer Hebrides. Deeply rooted in tradition, it’s not uncommon to be greeted in Gaelic here.

Listen to the lilt of locals as you dine on fresh-caught seafood and delectable Stornoway smoked salmon. Adventurous palates may also seek out the local delicacy of Stornoway Black Pudding to pair with a strong pint of ale from the Hebridean Brewing Company.

Stroll the streets surrounding the harbor to peruse the largest selection of shops outside of the mainland, including independent bookstores, quaint bakeries, and pubs—even an ironmonger.

The gateway to Lewis and Harris Island, Stornoway is a short journey to a natural wonderland of mountains, craggy rocks, moorlands, meadows, and rugged coastlines. Explore the grounds of historic Lews Castle. Walk the hallowed grounds surrounding the ancient Callanish Stones. Watch as skilled craftsmen produce Harris Tweed, a luxury handwoven wool unique to the Island. Or, hop a ferry to neighboring Skye to tour its breathtaking coast and sip peaty Talisker scotch. Enjoy an authentic Scottish experience in from the epicenter of Gaelic culture.

Lews Castle

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An exterior view of Lews Castle in Stornoway, Scotland

Lews Castle

A stunning ode to Victorian architecture, Lews Castle is a country home turned museum that showcases the history of Gaelic culture. Discover the lore of the region. See the famed Lewis Chessman. Uncover stories of land and sea in both Gaelic and English. Re-invigorated by a massive restoration project, explore the Castle’s sprawling grounds to take in its stunning landscaping and elevated views of the sea.

The Callanish Stones

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The Callanish Stones in Stornoway, Scotland

The Callanish Stones

Drive a short 30 minutes outside of Stornoway to explore the island’s most popular tourist attraction. According to folklore, the Callanish Stones are rumored to have once been a hotspot for Druid rituals and pagan activity. A puzzling arrangement of monoliths worthy of photos, walk the grounds surrounding this circular rock formation shrouded in mystery and take in the stunning scenery of Lewis Island’s west coast.

Isle of Skye

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Sunset at the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of Skye

Travel from Harris to Skye to discover one of the most breathtaking islands in Scotland—and the world. Trek the Cuillin, Skye’s famous grouping of mountains. Visit the Old Man of Storr to get a picture near this stunning rocky outcrop. Take a coastal hike along the UK’s highest cliffs, the MacLeod’s Maidens. From whiskey tasting at Talisker to castle hopping, experience true Islay adventure.

Stornoway, Isle Of Lewis, Scotland At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 58°12'32.4"N 6°23'13.2"W
Size: 3.16 KM2 (1.22 MI2)
Population: 8,038
Density: 2,544 Pop/KM2 (982 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 44

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