The town of Stornoway is the gateway to this remote land sitting off the west coast of Scotland...
You need to get your head around a little geography before you arrive here. Stornoway is a town on the Isle of Lewis. The Isle of Lewis is joined to the Isle of Harris; they share one island and are not separated by sea. Known as Lewis and Harris, this large island is part of the Outer Hebrides, which are also referred to as the Western Isles. Stornoway is the largest town in the Western Isles and the local airport welcomes visitors arriving by air.
Got it? All you really need to know is that you’ve discovered a slice of beautiful Britain away from the hubbub of the cities, far from the scurry of urban life and just a little closer to peaceful paradise than you’ve ever likely to have been on British soil. Book Stornoway car hire with TravelSupermarket and you can be touring this magnificent landscape within minutes of arrival on the island.
Many visitors make their first stop at the town of Stornoway. Residing around the edges of the harbour, the low-rise and brightly painted buildings of this town accommodate shops, cafés, museums and art galleries. You can learn about Harris Tweed at the Lewis Loom Centre and find out more about the area’s history, including the early Viking roots of Stornoway, at the Museum nan Eilean.
Hotels and restaurants are in good supply in Stornoway. When you arrange car hire, Stornoway makes an excellent base from which to see more of Lewis and Harris.
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The island of Lewis and Harris is a magnet for tourists and driving around is a doddle. So where will you go?
Take a look at the map of Lewis and Harris. Around the edges no two parts of this splintered coastline look the same while, in the middle, the land is pockmarked by lochs. Take a closer look and the unbroken, unscarred beauty of this island is revealed. From the white sands and undulating dunes of the shore to the wind-rustled grasses that coat the gentle hills of the interior, it’s not difficult to understand why artists continue to be inspired by these remarkable landscapes.
And every scene unveils a lesson in Scottish life, whether that’s how to tickle a trout in the water of the lochs, how to speak Gaelic in traditional strongholds such as Ness, or how ancient crofters made a living off the land. You might also discover how to stay on your feet during a kite-surfing lesson at the beach or how whisky is produced at the Abhainn Dearg Distillery.
Driving from north to south, it takes around 90 minutes to travel the length of Lewis before you cross the border into Harris. Continue on another hour or so to reach the southern shores of Harris.
The majority of hotels and other amenities are to be found in Stornoway, with rural hotels around the island providing breathtaking views and typically warm hospitality. A journey here really is about getting away from it all. So take a deep breath of that fresh Scottish air and let island life work its rejuvenating magic.