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Stornoway Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 73 photos

So, you want to come to Stornoway! It's the only town in the Western Isles and a fantastic base to explore Lewis and Harris. Have a look through some of my tips before you come and visit.

Is it true about Stornoway...

That it rains 250 days a year and drizzles the rest?
Nearly, but most rain showers tend to pass quickly and there's plenty of sunshine in between.

That everyone speaks gaelic?
Although most people here speak Gaelic, everyone speaks english too. Its common for a local to start a sentance in english and finish it in gaelic.

That the swings are tied up on Sunday?
Not usually, although playing is discouraged by some of the more religious people.

That you can't even by petrol on a Sunday?
The BP garage on the road to point has recently opened for a few hours each sunday. I'm not sure if it will last through the winter though.

That Stornoway is a very safe place?
Yes, in general. The people here are very polite too... most don't even swear!

Some gaelic sayings

How are you? Ciamar a tha sibh?
I am fine. Tha mi gu math.
Do you speak Gaelic? A bheil sibh a' bruidhinn a' Ghàidhlig?
I speak English. Tha mi a' bruidhinn Beurla.
We like Indian food. 'S toil leinn biadh Innseanach.
How about going swimming? Dè mu dheidhinn a dhol a shnàmh?
It is very cold. Tha i glè fhuar.
It was beautiful yesterday. Bha e brèagha an-de.
I would give her the hundred kisses! Tugainn fhein dhi na ceudan pòg!
Who was that sheep I saw you with last night? Cò an caora sin còmhla riut a chunnaic mi an-raoir?
Will you give me a kiss? An toir thu dhomh pòg?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:it's quiet
  • Cons:it's far
  • Intro Updated Sep 14, 2004
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  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    You live in a terrific place Adelle; I will be careful with sundays (euuuh pubs are closed on Sundays?) I I happen to come one day! I like a lot your cairns on your HP travelogues

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 10, 2006 at 2:08 PM

    I have always wanted to go to Stornoway but might avoid a Sunday!!

  • kit_mc's Profile Photo
    Sep 12, 2006 at 5:19 PM

    After a circuit of the streets decided to retire to my room with my wine rather than join the locals!! But I could hear the Walk (and the Drive) into the early hours from my hotel room!!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 16, 2006 at 6:31 AM

    One of the best pub-crawling tips I've seen here on VT up to now.

  • GillianMcLaughlin's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2006 at 8:45 AM

    Hey - some really fun tips here - takes me back to wonderful days spent here with friends who live up on Smith Avenue... gives me a hankering to go back

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2005 at 11:46 AM

    Wonderfull place to live, i bet its really quiet as well.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2005 at 2:26 PM

    Looks and sounds wonderful.I love seal watching. What about midges?

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2005 at 10:24 AM

    Had a great holiday in Scotland this year -- must visit the isles next time -- very nice page with beautiful photos, thanks.

  • lou31's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2005 at 7:01 AM

    Nice pages Adelle..I loved Scotland. Never did get to any other isles other than Skye. Love the name of the posh restaurant...Digby Chicks! lol

  • RhineRoll's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2004 at 3:01 PM

    LOL -- I like "The Walk" tip. We don't have to do that here where about 3 million people live in an area of the same size as Lewis/Harris. But we've got sticky air and no beaches around :-( Leis gachd beannachd, Winfried, anns A'Ghearmailt

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