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Visitor Information

The Outer Hebrides, located off the north west coast of Scotland, incorporate the islands of Barra, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis; a group of islands each uniquely different.

About Stornoway 

The largest settlement and administrative centre of the Outer Hebrides is Stornoway, on the east coast of the Isle of Lewis. As home to the island’s airport, as well as a busy sea port, Stornoway offers a warm welcome to anyone choosing to visit Lewis as part of their Outer Hebridean explorations, as well as providing the backdrop to many a fond farewell. However, Stornoway is so much more than simply staging post on your island journey – offering its own exciting contributions to all kinds of island experiences.

Stroll along the quay at Stornoway Harbour and hear the shouts of the fishermen as the traditional fleet land the catch of the day before shipping it out to the island’s amazing eateries, smell the unmistakeable odour of peat on the air as the smokehouses turn the seafood specimens into island specialities and feel the winds off The Minch that carry so many here from the mainland.

Visit historic Lews Castle and gardens and witness the ongoing transformation of this local landmark into a key cultural centre for Outer Hebrides heritage , or wander through the surrounding woods and visit the Woodland Centre where you can eat, drink and shop for local crafts.

http://www.visitouterhebrides.co.uk/our-islands/isle-of-lewis/stornoway

Please download your copy of the local restaurant information - Booking in advance is advisable for the Monday evening.

Areas of Interest

The Social Distillery, Tarbert, Isle of Harris

The concept for the distillery grew out of a realisation that the island's natural assets could best be harnessed to address its acute economic problems through a project that brings this special place and its qualities to the attention of a wider audience. The creation of the Isle of Harris Distillery in Tarbert is thus driven by a deep and abiding love for the beauty and wit of this place and its people. The 'Social Distillery', has the future of Harris at its’ heart, aiming to enrich the island by creating an enterprise that will thrive for decades and even centuries to come. Products include The Hearach single malt Scotch whisky and The Isle of Harris Gin. Find out more at www.harrisdistillery.com

Harris Tweed Tarbert Shop & Visitor Centre.

Harris Tweed Isle of Harris and Harris Tweed and Knitwear belong to the Campbell family and Catherine Campbell will demonstrate the making of the fabric. The Tarbert Tweed Shop stocks a huge variety of Harris Tweeds and Harris Tweed items. Browse our Harris Tweed warehouse hundreds of varieties to choose from! It's an Aladdin's cave of Harris Tweed and Hebridean Wool items, from tea cosies to beautifully tailored Harris Tweed jackets, iPad covers to hand knitted Hebridean Wool socks. 

Port of Ness / Butt of Lewis

At the northern tip of the Isle of Lewis lies the parish of Ness, offering a unique insight into the legends, lore and long-observed traditions that have shaped the island’s unique identity – as well as being a stronghold of theGaelic language with a large majority of locals claiming Gaelic as their mother tongue.

The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, was built to aid shipping in the 1860s. Unusual for a lighthouse in Scotland, it is constructed of red brick, and is unpainted. A few years ago the "Guinness Book of Records" claimed that the Butt of Lewis was the windiest spot in the United Kingdom.

Gearrannan Blackhouses Village

Blackhouses were so named not because of the fact that they were in the early days smoke filled and had small windows, but because they were compared to new houses being built in the late 1800’s which were called ‘white houses’. The new ‘white houses’ were designed to separate humans from their livestock and animals. Unbelievably, some of the blackhouses were still inhabited until the middle 1970’s, although it has to be said some blackhouses had fireplaces and chimneys, instead of the chimney free traditional construction. On Lewis, the best examples to view are at Gearrannan, where it is possible to see a range of houses all in one place. The centre has a Museum and cafe as well as well renovated blackhouses available as self catering accommodation.

Callanish Stones Visitor Centre

The magnificent Standing Stones of Callanish (or Calanais, which is the Gaelic version) are famous worldwide. No matter what the weather is like and however many visitors are present, these ancient stones have an enigmatic, magical quality that never fails to move. Whatever inspired their construction, all agree that the experience of visiting the Standing Stones of Calanais is not one to be missed. 

The BPA 2015 Partner Programme will visit these areas of interest in the 2 day Tour Programme.

Delegates will have the opportunity to visit Callanish Stones on Thursday afternoon for an excursion to experience the unique landscape outside of Stornoway Village.