Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

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Getting To Know Stornoway – Cruise Port Guide


Stornoway is the capital of Lewis and Harris, in Scotland and is a popular stop on British Isles cruise itineraries. Our Stornoway cruise port guide is an insightful look at things you can see and do during your time here.

Stornoway is the largest settlement of the Outer Hebrides and sits on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. It’s a hugely busy sea port and has an abundance of things to offer visitors, including fresh seafood that is brought in to its busy harbour area on a daily basis by local fishermen, historic Lews Castle and woodland walks.

The Outer Hebrides locals have for hundreds of years have produced their own foods, developing a range of interesting and very tasty edible delicacies. Black Pudding is a big favourite and Stornoway Black Pudding is in fact safeguarded by the Protected Geographic. Smokehouses are another popular attraction on the island, with each one offering its own take on traditional Hebridean food. Some of the most popular ones on the island include Uig Lodge, Stornoway Smokehouse, Salar Smokehouse and Harris and Lewis smokehouse. You’ll find plenty of seafood dishes on the menu.

Don’t forget to stop and check out the local seafood, maybe even enjoy some mouthwatering hand dived scallops as you go. Hebridean salmon and scallops are among the finest in the world.

 Travel Tips

Most shops are closed on Sunday’s

Gaelic is a frequently used language, but locals do speak English

Stornoway Cruise Ambassador’s will be on hand to offer information to visiting cruise guests

Smaller vessels can be accommodated dockside, larger vessels will tender


Isle of Lewis Shore Excursion

Key Highlights of Stornoway

  • Stornoway Harbour
  • Smokehouses
  • Woodlands Centre
  • Lews Castle
  • Traditional Norse Mills
  • Callanish Stones
  • Harris Distillery
  • Carloway Broch
  • Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
  • Gearranan Village 
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Regular cruise line visitors

  • P&O Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Cunard
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Silversea
  • Azamara
  • Holland America Line
  • Norwegian Cruise Line


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