Lewis and Harris Fascinating Facts

Some interesting facts on the island include:

  • RAF Stornoway is featured in the Tom Clancy novel “Red Storm Rising” as a base for the Allied air operations over the North Atlantic and against Soviet-held Iceland
  • Stornoway became immortalised in the song “Lovely Stornoway” by Callum Kennedy and Bob Halfin
  • In the feature movie “Latitude Zero”, Stornoway harbour is featured as a wall plaque as the construction of the submarine “Alpha”
  • Alexander MacKenzie, the explorer was born in Stornoway and after whom the Mackenzie River in Canada is named
  • Donald Trump’s mother came from Tong, a village four miles from Stornoway

Stornoway has an abundance of wildlife including dolphins, seals, whales, and seabirds, eagles, buzzards, geese and waders as well as the largest colony of fulmars in the world. There are 3 national nature reserves and 11 special areas of conservation within the islands. For those seeking adventure sports or just a chance to cycle some amazing scenic roads the Outer Hebrides offers it in abundance and golf lovers can play the 18 hole course at Stornoway or try the 9 hole Isle of Harris golf course.

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