Stornoway is situated on the Isle of Lewis and is the largest town in the Outer Hebrides with a population of over 5,500. Stornoway is a busy fishing port and has an excellent sheltered harbour. The twice daily ferry leaves from Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland and the ferry terminal is situated a few minutes walk from the town centre. There is a good selection of shops in the town and two supermarkets to do the weekly shop. Stornoway has a good selection of hotels and restaurant providing food for the weary traveller. These range from traditional Scottish to authentic Thai with the odd curry shop thrown in for good measure. 

Stornoway Ferry

The island still holds the tradition of no work and no play on a Sunday and tourists should expect to find the shops closed and no public transport available. Islanders expect visitors to respect their way of life and a Lewis Sunday can be an excellent way of recharging your batteries. To me the real appeal is the rugged beauty of the island and the unspoilt sandy beaches. A haven for children and probably the lowest serious crime rate in the United Kingdom .

Lewis Coastline

You can expect to see a few drunken youths at the weekend and the town can be quite noisy at night during the summer. The local's seem to spend much of their spare time cruising round and round the town. Simple pleasures!  During the summer months the Pipe Band performs in the town centre, outside the Town Hall. It's free and very Scottish.

 Stornoway, Pipe Band

There are many interesting historic sites on the island. The most famous being the Callanish Stone Circle . The visitor centre at Callanish provides good home cooking at reasonable prices, though best avoided when bus parties are visiting the Stones. The nearby Broch at Carloway is also worth a visit.

Callanish Stones

For further historic information on stornoway visit the Stornoway Historical Society website http://www.stornowayhistoricalsociety...