Stornoway Local Attractions

Blackhouse Museum
The museum is a recreation of a traditional blackhouse in western Lewis this is one of the older crofting dwellings that were built without a chimney or window. The dwelling was built so that the smoke from the open peat fire went out through the thatched roof.

Dun Carloway
Well preserved Iron Age broch.

The Lewis Highland Games
Held in the latter half of July each year.

Loch na Muilne RSPB Reserve
A small but beautiful coastal nature reserve, made up of two small lochs and areas of wetland and coastal moorland

Shawbost Norse Mill and Kiln
Reconstructed Norse mill on west side of Lewis, has been rebuilt to show how barley grain was processed into meal

Steinacleit Cairn and Stone Circle
The remains of an enigmatic structure of early prehistoric date. On the south end of Loch an Duin, Shader, northwest of Stornoway on the A857 to Ness.

Callanish Standing Stones
Callanish Standing Stones rank second in importance to Stonehenge and are actually older are found on a headland overlooking part of a huge sea loch. There are 53 pale grey stones in a cruciform shape and within the heart is a central circle of 13 tall stones where excavations uncovered a chambered tomb with human remains.

The Western Isles Museum
The Western Isles Museum in Stornoway has some great historical exhibitions on the islands and tells the story of the dramatic Norse invasion that impacted on the culture and environment of the Gaels.

W.J. Macdonald & Co.
One of Stornoway’s best butchers where you can buy the famous local delicacy – Stornoway Black Pudding.

You cannot visit the area without buying some tweed and a great place to find it is Lewis Loomssituated in the Old Grainstore overlooking the inner harbour in Stornoway.

At An Lanntair, the islands arts centre near the waterfront, you can find some great exhibitions, live music events and stop for that one more cup of coffee or tea and take in the great views over the harbour.