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A visit to Stornoway is the perfect introduction to the tranquil, beguiling atmosphere of the Outer Hebrides. The largest town on the Isle of Lewis, Stornoway, is vibrant and boasts a sublime culture and heritage — its proximity to Lewis’s many historical places of interest makes it a superb place to stay if you wish to explore everything the Outer Hebrides has to offer. There’s a variety of attractive hotels in and around Stornoway ranging from 5 Star luxury hotel accommodation to low cost self-catering apartments and guesthouses. Enter your search dates into Expedia’s search tool to view the best deals on hotels in the area.
Discover a vanished way of life on the Isle of Lewis during your visit to Stornoway. Wander between ancient megaliths at the magnificent Standing Stones of Callanish, run your hands against Iron Age masonry at the impressive Dun Carloway Broch or see how life was lived for Hebridean crofters in the island’s only surviving Blackhouse at Arnol. Outer Hebrides have been inhabited for over 6,000 years and at every turn travellers will find evidence of a distinctive and ancient island culture.
That’s ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ in Gaelic — and you’ll be made to feel more than welcome in this hospitable island community. Relax in comfortable holiday accommodation and wake up to pristine white beaches, panoramic skies and a quiet and contemplative rural atmosphere. Spend your evenings enjoying the fresh Scottish produce that Stornoway is famous for in one of the Western Isles’ excellent restaurants. Fresh seafood is always on the menu as well as Stornoway black pudding, a popular delicacy that may persuade you to eat offal more often.
The landscape of the Outer Hebrides is one of the most secluded and dramatic parts of the UK. The area has a rich assortment of wildlife across its many Nature Reserves, National Scenic Areas and wild places. For an unforgettable daytrip on your visit to Stornoway visit the island nature reserve of St. Kilda, one of the best places in Europe to see wild seabirds. In the summer months the fertile low lying areas of the Outer Hebrides are transformed into multi-coloured carpets of orchids and other flowers — known locally as the machair.
People travel to the Outer Hebrides because of its remoteness, but in reality you won’t have much trouble getting there from mainland Scotland. Regular ferries leave from Ullapool and Oban and arrive at the town’s busy harbour within a couple of hours — hiring a car once you arrive is easy with a variety of car hire operators to choose from on Lewis. If you are planning to go island hopping on the west coast there are various travel passes that will give you some flexibility on your trip including The Freedom of Scotland Travelpass and Rail & Sail Pass. There’s also a small airport in Stornoway.
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