Stornoway Town Walk

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.

credit pictures:
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.

is included

  • local guide
  • subject to individual pricing regarding requirements

isn't included

  • refreshments
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Is this tour suitable for people with a walking disability?

As it is quite a long walk it might be too exhausting for people with a walking disability. There are very few places to sit down and rest on this tour.

Is this tour suitable for wheelchair users?

Most parts are accessible with a wheelchair. Please keep in mind that it is quite a long walk which also goes on a steep uphill as well as downhill though it is all on tarmac roads.

Do I need special clothing?

We recommend weatherproof clothing as the weather can change very fast. Depending on the season you might experience rain and cold winds at times

Do I need to bring walking boots?

We highly recommend decent footwear. Flipflops or sandals are not the right footwear for this walk. If you have walking or hiking boots it would be an advantage as the ground can be slippery and muddy at times

What is the weather like?

The weather is highly unpredictable. We are in Scotland after all 🙂 . You might start in the rain at the harbour and arrive in bright sunshine at the castle. We always recommend that you dress in layers and bring a wind- and rainproof jacket just in case.

Please ignore the time shown on the map as it only shows the time it would take to drive by car without stopping anywhere. This is not the time the tour would take!

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Stornoway Town Walk

Trip Facts

  • We do not provide transportation on this tour
  • suitable for groups of 20 persons max.