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About the town
Stornoway is a town that is located in the Isle of Lewis, having a population of 9,000. Therefore, this is the largest town from the Western Isles, and the third largest one from the Scottish Highlands. This is an important port, being the administrative centre of the Outer Hebrides. Additionally, it is the home of the Western Isles Council and of various educational and media establishments.
Even if it is hard to establish the exact history of this town, there is some evidence that should be taken into account, such as the megalithic building traditions. Besides this, there are also archaeological pottery finds that date back 5000 years, which are similar with other products from the main continent, being the evidence that there used to be sea travel and trade on a large scale.
Stornoway has been founded by the Vikings somewhere around the 9th century, but during the time it became closer to its actual version. Therefore, it grew up around a natural harbor from the center of the island. In this way it was easier to all the individuals to reach the port of Stornoway.
Nowadays the harbor hosts a fishing fleet, and besides this it also hosts a small marina, a small shipyard, and three larger piers for commercial traffic. On the Arnish Point there are situated a lighthouse, a seaweed processing plant and a renewable energy manufacturing.
If you want to visit this town, there is a ferry that sails from the harbor to the Scottish mainland, the exact amount of time being 2 hours 45 minutes. During summer time the frequency of these crossings is more frequent than during winter time.
There is also an undersea tunnel that links Lewis and Harris to the Scottish mainland. Therefore, if you want to see the longest road tunnel from the world, you should come here.
Additionally, there also remains the possibility of taking the bus or of taking the plane. As you can see, there are many options, you just need to get the best one for you.
Even if this is not a university town, there is a small campus of the University of Stirling that teaches nursery. There are other schools that are worth mentioning, such as the Lews Castle College (which is actually part of the University of the Highlands and Islands), the Nicolson Institute, and the Stornoway Primary School.
Football is the most popular sport from the town, and there are hosted special matches that actually involve select teams and different kind of organizations. Besides this, the town also has an impressive gymnastics group that competes annually in sports festivals.
Culture If you want to visit Stornoway, you should come during July, when there is held the annual Hebridean Celtic Festival that lasts four days. Additionally, the Royal National Mod has been also held in this town on a certain number of occasions. People love coming here during these events, enjoying the amazing view.
Stornoway Hotels & Hotel Accommodation
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Thorlee Guest House
|Holm View Guest House
Rathad Am Braighe, Stornoway, Western Isles
Outer Hebrides, HS2 0BQ
Caladh Inn (formerly Seaforth Hotel)
11 James Street, Stornoway, Western Isles
Rooms from: £59.00*
Cromwell St, Stornoway, Western Isles
Rooms from: £68.00*
Perceval Road South, Stornoway, Western Isles
AAScottish Tourist Council
Rooms from: £88.00*