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Fly to Stornoway
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Stornoway is the capital of the Isle of Lewis, and is the main town of the string of islands 40 miles west of mainland Scotland that form the Outer Hebrides. It is a busy harbour town, home to the Western Isles Council, and gateway to the northerly landmass of Lewis and Harris, an area containing a kaleidoscopic variety of scenery.
Whilst Lewis is mainly flat with hundreds of lochs, fertile croftland and many fine beaches, Harris has outstanding mountain scenery, with a rugged rocky landscape, and vast white sandy beaches.
Steeped in Celtic and Norse history, Lewis’s antiquities include the magnificent 4000 year old Callanish Standing Stones, the 2000 year old Carloway Broch, and the more modern LewsCastle built in the 1800s.
There are scheduled air services to Stornoway from Benbecula, Inverness, Manchester, Edinburgh, and Glasgow.
Both Lewis and Harris are home to plenty of breathtaking beaches. With turquoise waters and white sand, the beaches could be compared to the Caribbean. Harris’ main beach – Luskentyre has been named one of the best beaches in world by Time Magazine.
Sights and Landmarks
The range of Historical interest in Lewis and Harris is almost unbelievable in its quantity and quality. Lewis has many examples of historic standing stones with the most famous being found around the area of Callanish. Lewis is also well known for Lewes Castle which was built in the mid 1800’s and has since been used as a hospital and a school. Harris also boasts a range of historical landmarks such as the St Clement’s Church, which has been praised as the grandest medieval building in the Western Isles.
There are plenty of events throughout the year in the Outer Hebrides, including the famous Hebridean Celtic festival held in Stornoway annually. For a full list of events click here.