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Aerial view of Stornoway Harbour (c) Stornoway Port Authority


As one of Europe’s last untouched natural habitats, the Outer Hebrides are home to some of the most stunning scenery in the world. The idyllic town of Stornoway lies on the Isle of Lewis, 30 miles off the northwest coast of Scotland and is the gateway to the Outer Hebrides - the only British destination to feature in Wanderlust magazine’s 100 Greatest Travel Experiences. Stornoway’s beautiful natural harbour plays host to yachts, cruise ships and fishing vessels against the stunning backdrop of the grounds of the Lews Castle.
The Outer Hebrides are steeped in history. Must-see local landmarks on the Isle of Lewis include the prehistoric Callanish Stones, constructed 1000 years before Stonehenge.

Stornoway is not only a historical hotspot, but also a cultural one. The Gaelic language and traditional folk music can still be seen and heard in the town. Walking tours of the town give visitors an insight into the unique heritage of the Outer Hebrides, where a warm welcome awai

Port attractions

  1.  Callanish Stones

    Constructed over five thousand years ago, the reason behind the Callanish Stones’ existence is still a mystery. Thousands visit each year to marvel at the stones, which are up to five metres tall.
  2.  Carloway Broch

    This Iron Age dwelling dates back to around 100BC and was probably inhabited by a wealthy family at the time. The Broch is well-preserved, allowing visitors a realistic view of life in this era.
  3.  The Butt of Lewis

    The most northerly tip of the Outer Hebrides is the Butt of Lewis which comprises of cliffs up to 80 feet high and is the location of 121ft high lighthouse - a fantastic place for wildlife watchers.
  4.  Gearrannan Blackhouse Village

    Experience what life was like in a typical Lewis crofting township in the 20th Century in Gearrannan Village.
  5.  Harris Beaches

    White sand beaches and green seas, often voted as some of the best in the world in travel publications. Perhaps the best of them all is Luskentyre pictured here.
  6.  Bosta Sands & Iron Age House

    In Bosta, Great Bernera, lies an Iron Age village dating from 600-700AD. The site was uncovered in 1992 after bad storm on Bosta Beach eroded the sand dunes and revealed the village buried beneath.

Port views
By Chris Murray
By Coastguard Helicopters
By Chris Murray
Harris Beaches

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Port contacts


Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
HS1 2XS Stornoway
Scotland, UK
+44 1851 702688

Page last updated: 2022-10-07 12:57


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