Introducing Stornoway Vacations

Many folk enjoy taking vacations with a difference and increasing numbers of travelers are finding the usual seaside vacation rather boring. The challenge to discover is forever increasing and travel guides are incessantly looking for vacation destinations with a difference or that feature something extraordinary. In the following article I examine the port of Stornoway on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and discuss the factors which make this such a superb vacation destination.

The Isle of Lewis

Lewis, with the Isle of Harris, is the biggest land mass in the Outer Hebrides.  The group of islands is located far from the west coast of Scotland a little further out from the island of Skye, requiring a ferry journey or flight to reach it. Due to the extreme remoteness it has only been during the last few decades that ordinary, working class, people are able to access to the islands for a vacation, before then it was only the upper classes who could afford the enormous cost of the trip. The only other option to get to the  Outer Hebrides/Western Isles was to arrive to work.

The Town Of Stornoway

At one time in the past the town of stornoway was a very busy fishing port. The main quarry of the multitude of fishing boats was herring and during the fishing season the population of the town expanded from about five or six thousand to well over 30,000. An astonishing  number of Stornoway Hotels, bed and breakfasts and guesthouses were established to meet the demands for lodgings the incredible influx of temporary inhabitants created. today the town’s population stays at a little more than six thousand( not including visitors).

Unfortunately the herring industry declined heavily at the end of WWI with the utter collapse of the markets in Germany and Russia. The town of Stornoway retains a small fishing fleet however there are a few buildings remaining from that era and Stornoway lost a great deal of its charm during the extensive redevelopment of the 1970’s.

Recently the Western Isles Council has sympathetically enhanced Stornoway town centre installing several works of art focusing on the association with the herring industry as well as adding areas of flower beds and even fountains. New architecture are also more sympathetic to the environment, for example An Lanntair, the local arts centre.

Despite the fact that there are a great deal less  Stornoway hotels existing today, just the Royal Hotel existed during the pinnacle of the Herring industry, you will still find a huge number of bed and breakfasts in Stornoway, plus guest houses, inns and hostels. There is even a camping and caravan park on the outskirts of the town centre.

If you are currently thinking about a vacation in the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles of Scotland please take a look at our extensive listings of Stornoway hotels .

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