A nation of great seafarers, Portuguese explorers sailed the world in the 15th and 16th centuries - they claimed territories as far apart as Africa and Asia and colonised Brazil. From 1932 to 1968 Portugal was ruled by the dictator Oliveira Salazar but after a military coup in 1974 the...
Stornoway was originally a Viking settlement and the development of the town was spurred by the construction of the original castle in the Middle Ages. There was much infighting between rival clans and an attempt by the then King of Scotland, JamesVI, to colonise Lewis failed in 1597. The original castle was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell’s forces after his Scottish campaign in the mid 17th century. Ownership of Stornoway passed from family to family until gifted to the Stornoway Trust in whose ownership it remains to this day.
Stornoway has a large natural harbour including fishing port and is also the main manufacturing centre for the Harris Tweed clothand garments that have been made on the island for centuries.
The ‘new’ Victorian Castle, known as Lews Castle is now a college. An Lantair is a new arts centre and other attractions include a museum and the Lewis Loom Centre.
Stornoway’s black pudding is regarded as one of the top gourmet black puddings in the UK. Stornoway kippers and Stornoway smoked salmon are still produced in the town. Stornoway Fish Smokers in Shell Street have one of the last working brick kilns in the UK.
The area is famous for the Standing Stones of Callanish (Scotland’s Stonehenge) and Dun Carloway Broch, situated not too far from Stornoway. The Callanish stone circle situated near the shore of Loch Roag is thought to date from 1975BC. The 2000 year old Black House Museum has original furniture and a peat fire in the centre of the room. There are three other smaller stone circles around the shores of Loch Roag.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
Photo: Callanish Stones (RG) 26
More of My Articles
The most beautiful friendly French Canadian City Quebec City is beautiful (Quebec is the region), the majority of the buildings in the old city look French and it feels more French than being in modern day France. Despite some bad press my wife and I found the inhabitants very friendly...
HOLIDAY IDEA - Dubai – Sydney – Port Douglas – Melbourne Experience a Luxurious 18 Day Holiday flying direct from your local airport to Dubai and on to three contrasting areas in Australia. Escape to paradise during your holiday in Australia to an Eco award winning luxury resort Fly from your local...
Get in touch with a Personal Travel Expert for information about our Destinations, travel advice or a quote.0786 488 1126
We'll call you back
Leave us your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as possible.