This walk will let you see much of Stornoway, showing you both the town as it is today and some of the history behind it.
Herring girl, Lews Castle, Cruise Ships – © Malcolm Macleod
This walk starts at the ferry terminal and takes us along both the outer and inner harbours where you can learn about the importance of the herring industry. You can see the imposing Town Hall overlooking North Beach and walk by Cromwell Street, its name reflecting less peaceful times when Cromwellian troops built a defensive fort here. You also learn about the Harris Tweed industry and its legacy.
The tour takes us to Lews Castle which has recently been restored to its former grandeur. You’ll find out about its history, Sir James Matheson and Lord Leverhulme, owners of Lewis and Harris in years gone by. Visit the Museum attached to the Castle to find out more about the Outer Hebrides and pay a visit to the legendary Lewis Chessmen.
Finally we retrace our steps following the same route back to explore Stornoway’s town centre – it has a wide variety of shops in its imposing historic buildings – before heading back to the ferry terminal.