Stornoway lifeboat station (Outer Hebrides)
Stornoway lifeboat station was established in 1887 and operates an all weather lifeboat.
Station and shop open all days except Sunday although restricted times.
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- Lews Castle is a 19th century castle located on the western side of Stornoway Harbour on the Isle of Lewis. The castle is now used as the main campus for Lews Castle College so visitors are not able to tour the inside of the building. However, the Stornoway Trust Ranger Service gives guided tours through the castle grounds. Here you will be able to see more than a 100 different species of trees. The Castle Woodland Centre is open Monday to Saturday to display exhibitons and provide refreshments for visitors in its café. After strolling the castle grounds, why not visit the Stornoway Lifeboat Station or drive a short distance to marvel at the Calanais Standing Stones.
- Museum nan Eilean holds a great collection of artefacts, photos and paintings telling the history of the Outer Hebridean islands. The museum is located close to Stornoway town centre, on Francis Street. Opened in 1983, the museum moved into its present site in 1995, the former Nicolson Institute Secondary Department built in 1900. Entry is free and the museum is open all year round.
- Tiumpan Head Lighthouse is located on the most easterly point of the Isle of Lewis and the headland juts into the waters between the island and the Scottish mainland. Built in 1900 by the Stevenson brothers, the white-painted lighthouse is 21m in height. The light is now automated and two white flashes are exhibited every 15 seconds and they have a visibility range of 25 nautical miles. To reach the lighthouse, take the A866 past Stornoway Airport.
- Garry Beach is packed with character! There’s a great scenic walk on the Heritage Trail here and Garry Beach is where you can start off on this 10 mile walk along the coast to Ness. Featuring sea stacks and caves (which you can walk through if the tide is out) this beach has lots to fascinate and enthrall you with. The dramatic scenery will have you reaching for the camera to capture the moment. Walk to the top of the beach and onto the moorland behind and you’ll find a river and freshwater loch, visited by swans and dotted with water lilies.
- The Calanais (or Callenish) Standing Stones is a magnificent site of several ancient stones erected nearly 5,000 years ago on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis. Reach the Stones in just 30 minutes, driving from Stornoway. A well-known prehistoric site, the Callanais Stones have a mystical aura about them which never fails to captivate visitors. The main monument is a circle of tall stones placed in the middle of a cross-shaped setting of stones. Right at its heart is a massive monolith nearly 5m high! You’ll also find other smaller stones radiating out from the circle and a chambered tomb. The Stones are free to enter and are open all year round, with the Calanais Visitor Centre offering detailed information on the site and also has a gift shop and café.
- Dalmor Beach has pristine white sands stretching over 200 metres across the bay, Dalmor is near to the village of Carloway and is a lovely beach to visit on the Isle of Lewis. Behind the beach rocky cliffs reach out into the sea and form a headland. With a strong current and westerly winds, this a favoured surfing spot that requires experience. Facilities include car parking and toilets.
- Dun Carloway Broch is an Iron Age tower at Carloway on the Isle of Lewis. It is a spectacular example of a broch which means it is a structure built for defence purposes. The broch is really well preserved as in some parts the old wall reaches to 9m tall! Built during the 1st century BC, the broch was last inhabited around 1300 AD. Dun Carloway has a car park and visitor centre and can be found just 16 miles north west of Stornoway. Why not stop off at Lews Castle in Stornoway before heading to Carloway?
- Little Bernera is to the north of Great Bernera. A very small island with a magical white sandy beach. If you want remote then this is the place to visit as it is only accessible by boat. No facilities , you will need to bring and take everything back with you.
- Bostadh Beach lies all white sparkling sand at the northern end of the island of Great Benera. Bernera is connected to the Isle of Lewis by a bridge. Bostadh beach, also known as Bosta Beach, is popular and has spectacular views of the rugged islands of Little Bernera, Flodday, Bearsay and Campay. There is also an Iron Age settlement here and a replica house is open to visitors during the summer months.
- Reef Beach sits by Kneep on the Isle of lewis. The beach is a sandy wide beach great for shell-seekers. In summer you can also soak up the lovely display of ‘machair’, the carpet of glorious wildflowers renowned in this part of the world. Behind the beach the dunes give way to cliffs, giving you magnificent views over the bay. This beach is a great spot for swimming in the calm blue waters or why not just enjoy a picnic on the sands.
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