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Stornoway - 5 Great Things

Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is now a transport hub for the Outer Hebrides.  The town has a bustling harbour and has a range of local shops that sell handcrafted goods as well as many restaurants and hotels that serve up mazing seafood dishes.

Here are some of our favourite things to do and see:


Lews Castle


Lews Castle located opposite Stornoway Harbour is a Victorian era styled building that was built just after 1847 as a country house for Sir James Matheson, who made his fortune from the opium trade in Asia.  Since it has bought and given to the people of Stornoway and was used as accommodation for the Navy during the Second World War. Find out more


Local Craft Shops


Stornoway has many craft shops that display and sell products made from accross the whole of the Isle of Lewis. whether you want to buy some jewellery or want to taste the famous Stornoway Black Pudding - this is the ideal place to come.


An Lanntair Gallery

Art Cen

An Lanntair brings you the best in arts, music, cinema and entertainment in the Outer Hebrides. Browse through gifts, jewellery, books and art in An Lanntair’s shop, which also boasts a listening facility so you can hear traditional and world music.



St Columba’s Church


Located 4 miles east of Stornoway on the Eye peninsula, features the grave slabs of Roderick McLeod, 7th clan chief (c 1498), and his daughter (1503).

Find out more



Lewis Loom Centre

Harristweed 2

Learn about the history of Harris Tweed at the Lewis Loom Centre with a guided tour and lectures on the making of Harris Tweed. Enjoy demonstrations of spinning wheels, warding, dyeing, the hand loom and weaving the tweed. 


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