Stornoway (Isle Lewis), Scotland

Stornoway (Isle Lewis), Scotland

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Ruggedly Beautiful Windswept Lands

Founded by the Vikings in the early 9th century, Stornoway is located on the scenic Isle of Lewis, the most northerly of Scotland’s Hebrides islands.

Visiting Lewis is like taking a step back in time, where ancient stone circles stand on the same land as modern day Stornoway, Gaelic is spoken alongside English, and during the summer months, “local people can still be seen cutting the peats, and in the winter the distinctive dry smell of the peat fires drifts in the wind.”

With its spectacular cliffs, moorlands and fresh-water lochs, the region is home to a diverse wildlife habitat of eagles, deer, otters, and numerous species of indigenous birds, while Lewis’ several rivers have significant runs of salmon and sea trout, which make for great fishing.

There are also beautiful remote beaches like Tolsta, Bostadh, and Traigh Chuil, adventure boat trips for regular sightings of seals, porpoises, and dolphins, and historical attractions such as the impressive Lews Castle, the Whale Bone Arch, and Latta Mill’s Stornoway.

CALLANISH STANDING STONES

CALLANISH STANDING STONES

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CALLANISH STANDING STONES

CALLANISH STANDING STONES

Excavated in the early 1980s, experience this fascinating and beautiful Neolithic site, with multiple circles of standing stones and monoliths and an interesting museum.

LEWS CASTLE

LEWS CASTLE

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LEWS CASTLE

LEWS CASTLE

Built in the 1840s for the Matheson family, then the owners of the Isle of Lewis, the mock tudor Lews Castle was given back to the island in 1923. A rich history, Lews Castle has been a family home, hospital, college, and more, but is not currently open to the public. Explore the beautiful wooded grounds , criss-crossed with walking trails.

WHALE BONE ARCH

WHALE BONE ARCH

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WHALE BONE ARCH

WHALE BONE ARCH

This arch is made from the jaw bones of an 80-foot blue whale that was beached on the Isle of Lewis in the 1920s. The arch features the harpoon that was in-tact in the whale’s head.

Stornoway (Isle Lewis), Scotland At a glance

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Local Details:
GPS: 58°12'33.97"N 6°23'5.53"W
Population: 9,000
Country Code: +44

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