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Stornoway is a port town on Isle of Lewis, part of Scotland's Outer Hebrides (Western Isles). The town has population around 8,000, ranking it biggest in the Hebrides. Stornoway is a major seaport of Outer Hebrides, serving both passenger ships (ferries and cruise liners) and cargo ships.
Stornoway harbour houses small shipyard, slipway (boat ramp), boat marina (with yacht moorings), 3 large docking piers (for commercial ships), Stornoway Lifeboat Station (run by Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Hrere is homeported a large fishing fleet and Tom Sanderson (lifeboat). HMCG (UK coastguard) operates the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre is also housed in the harbour area.
In 2007, were proposed plans for building an undersea tunnel between Harris and Lewis and mainland Scotland (Stornoway-Ullapool). One of the possible routes would be over 40 ml (60 km) long - ranking it world's longest road tunnel.
The annual Hebridean Celtic Festival (HebCelt) is a 4-day event in July attracting over 10,000 tourists. Black pudding is a popular gourmet dish with PGI status - granted by European Commission to prevent puddings produced elsewhere to be marketed as "Stornoway".
Notable buildings in the town include Lews Castle, Stornoway Town Hall, Lewis War Memorial, Lewis Loom Centre, Lanntair (modern arts centre with art gallery, auditorium, bar, restaurant).
In 2017, the port handled a total of 43 cruise ship calls.
Stornoway cruise terminal
Ferries and cruise ships to Lewis and Harris Island dock at Stornoway - port town on the eastern coast. The ferry terminal is operated by CalMac Ferries - largest ferry (passenger and vehicle shipping) operator between mainland Scotland and 22 large islands on country's west coast.
Ferry port's address is "Ferry Terminal, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2AE". Passenger terminal's opening hours are:
- (Winter months) Monday to Friday (5:45 am - 7 am / 9 am - 5 pm), Saturday (9 am - 2:30 pm) and Sunday (12-midnight - 2:30 pm).
- (Summer months) Monday to Friday (5:45 am - 7 am / 9 am - 5 pm), Saturday (5:45 am - 7 am. / 9 am - 3:30 pm) and Sunday (6:45 am - 8 am / 12-midnight - 3 pm).
CalMac Ferries between Stornoway and Ullapool offer 3 daily crossings, with travel time 2,5 hours.
New cruise berth
In 2018, Stornoway Port Authority started tendering for the design of a new (dedicated) berth with capacity to serve bigger cruise ships. The design project is due to complete in May 2019. Construction works are scheduled to start in late-2019 and finish by June 2021.
Currently, at Port Stornoway can dock only cruise ships with max LOA length 156 m (512 ft). Larger vessels are anchored and their passengers transported ashore via ship's tender boats. The new berth / dock will allow berthing of liners with max LOA length 350 m (1148 ft), which will result in larger annual cruise traffic (up to 40 ships) and increased tourist numbers, meaning more revenues to the local economy.
Port Stornoway cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Harris, Scotland. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|29 March, 2019|
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