Stornoway

Stornoway

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About Stornoway

The transport hub of the largest Scottish island, Stornoway is the capital of Lewis and Harris. Boasting several untouched beaches that look more Mediterranean than Scottish, Stornoway is the perfect place for hikers as it offers rewarding views around every corner. The island of Lewis and Harris also has a long history that dates back to the Neolithic Era and several landmarks, including the Broch of Gurness and the Ness of Brodgar, that have stood for thousands of years. The climate is bracing with highs of 16°C in July and lows of 2°C in January, making it well worth packing a few thick coats or jumpers whenever you visit. With the option to fly to the small island of Benbecula and the chance to discover ancient ruins, it’s easy to see why Stornoway attracts a thriving tourist industry.

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Hotels in Stornoway

While the island only has a few larger hotels, like the comfortable four-star Cabarfeidh Hotel and the modern Hotel Hebrides, most of the accommodation is made up of smaller bed and breakfasts. One stand-out hotel is the Royal Hotel Stornoway, which boasts the island’s first Café-bar and several cosy rooms overlooking Stornoway’s port.

Shopping in Stornoway

The highstreets of Lewis and Harris have few retail franchises and instead play host to many independent shops. The island is most famous for hand-woven Harris tweed, a material that can only be made on Harris by law, and it can be bought from many of the stores in Stornoway. The picturesque island also attracts many Scottish artists which has led to a large art scene with many galleries to buy from.

Food & Drink in Stornoway

Lewis and Harris is famous for its unique food and drink. Many visitors make their first stop the Isle of Harris Distillery, which produces high-quality Scotch and Gin – making a great gift or holiday treat. If you enjoy black pudding then you should try Stornoway’s famous recipe which uses Scottish oatmeal and a secret blend of spices to create a distinctive flavour. And when the salty sea breeze gets you in the mood for fish, Salar Smokehouse salmon is the perfect choice with an exceptional flavour that can only be found at a few restaurants on the island.

Events in Stornoway

The island of Lewis and Harris plays host to several traditional Scottish events:

Hebridean Celtic Festival

Featuring acts from all over the world, the Hebridean Celtic Festival takes over Stornoway in late July every year. With tickets around the price of an evening meal, it’s a great chance to enjoy the island and see some of your favourite bands.

Eilean Dorcha Festival

Combining classic Scottish Folk and modern musical performances, the Eilean Dorcha Festival is Benbecula’s main music festival. It’s reasonably priced and a massive local event, giving you an opportunity to talk with and befriend the residents of the island.

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Language:English
Currency:Pound
Time zone:GMT
Flight time:1 hour 30 minutes
Airport code:SYY
Holiday type:Sightseeing

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