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Never on Sunday

Stornoway is the major town on Lewis, the northern, flatter part of the islands of the Outer Hebrides. It is an attractive enough town, but rather lacking in stuff to do (perhaps because I came at the weekend!).

Still, a walk around the harbourfront is not a bad thing, even though (you guessed it) not a lot happening. Fishing for a living in these waters is a tough life. These chaps do need a day of rest!

Keeping the riff raff off the streets

Stornoway pretty much closed down for Sunday in the early 80's, the only action going on is the Church of Scotland. Actually, since they're isn't anything else on, catching a Sunday service is not such a bad thing. If you are lucky, you can get a real fire and bringstone sermon, with the red faced pastor flaying his congregtion with the prospect of the hellish fate awaiting such miserable sinners! Then watch as everyone walks a block from the church, and then hops in their cars to drive home (because no one can be seen to be so lazy as to drive to the kirk!).

Still, the lengths the authorities went to to prevent any sort of gaiety, enjoyment or diversions for anyone could be pretty extreme. They even tie up the swings in the playground to prevent their use!

Can't get lost here

So take yourself for a walk in the countryside. You surely will not get lost, and it has a bleak, harsh charm.

Then if that is all too much, saunter back to your comfy B&B and enjoy a vacuum cleaner demo in the sitting room! (this happpened, I kid you not!)

  • Last visit to Stornoway: Feb 1982
  • Intro Updated Jul 12, 2003
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  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2004 at 12:38 PM

    You seem to be referring to Tursachan Chalanais -- the Calanish Standing Stones. I agree they have a spectacular setting -- as do 2 smaller circles in the vicinity. Is the distance really only 15km? It seemed to me a bit further afield than that.

  • daarth's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2004 at 2:19 PM

    Wish I had time to drive around a bit when I was there

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