Phone code: 44 (0) 1851

The fishing port of Stornoway, the only town in the Outer Hebrides, is the islands' commercial capital and as such boasts more services and facilities than you might expect in any town of comparable size. It has the full range of banks, shops, hotels, guesthouses, pubs and restaurants, garages, car hire firms, sports facilities, an airport and ferry terminal, and for the visiting tourist it presents a rare opportunity to stock up on supplies. steòrnabhagh

Stornoway is also the administrative capital and home to the Comhairle nan Eilean (The Western Isles Council), which has done much to broaden the local economy and to promote and protect Gaelic language and culture, but is probably best known for its disastrous financial dealings with the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), which collapsed in 1991, losing the islands a cool £23 million.

The tourist information centre is at 26 Cromwell St. They stock maps, bus timetables and various books and brochures, and sell tickets for minibus tours to Calanais and for wildlife trips around Lewis and Harris. Info Tel. 703088. Apr-May and Sep-Oct Mon-Fri 0900-1800, Sat 0900-1700; Jun-Aug Mon-Fri 0900-2000; Oct-Mar Mon-Fri 0900-1700


The Bank of Scotland is directly opposite the tourist office and has an ATM. The other major banks are also in the centre of town and also have ATMs. Internet Captions, 27 Church St, Tel. 702238, Fax. 706782,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Internet Captions Open Mon-Sat till late in the summer months. Internet facilities also available at the public library on Cromwell St. Post office On Francis St. Tour companies MacDonald's Coaches, at the Ferry Terminal, Tel. 706267. Coach tours. Hebridean Exploration, 19 Westview Tce, Tel. 705655 (Tel. 0374-292746 mobile). Sea kayak tours. Elena , 5a Knock, Point, Tel. 870537, Fax. 706384. Wildlife trips from Stornoway harbour.


The travel guide on Stornoway in Outer Hebrides here guides you with information on and around the place. The guide also include details about getting to Stornoway, sights, sleeping and eating, transportation and essential information needed on a visit to Stornoway.

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