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Top Choice Bistro in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Digby Chick

A modern restaurant that dishes up bistro cuisine such as haddock and chips, slow-roast pork belly or roast vegetable panini at lunchtime, the Digby Chick metamorphoses into a candlelit gourmet restaurant in the eve…
Thai in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Thai Café

Here’s a surprise – authentic, inexpensive Thai food in the heart of Stornoway. This spick-and-span, no-frills restaurant has a Thai chef and serves some of the most delicious, best-value Asian food in the Hebrides.…
Arts Centre in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

An Lanntair Arts Centre

The modern, purpose-built An Lanntair (Gaelic for 'lighthouse'), complete with art gallery, theatre, cinema and restaurant, is the centre of the town’s cultural life. It hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary ar…
Food & Drinks in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Sandwick Rd Petrol Station

The only shop in town that’s open on a Sunday, selling groceries, alcohol, hardware, fishing tackle and outdoor kit. The Sunday papers arrive around 2pm.
Books in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Baltic Bookshop

Good for local history books and maps.
Exhibition in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Lewis Loom Centre

This appealingly ramshackle exhibition records the history of Harris Tweed; the 40-minute guided tour (£2.50 extra) includes wool-spinning and weaving demonstrations.
Castle in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Lews Castle

The Baronial mansion across the harbour from Stornoway town centre was built in the 1840s for the Matheson family, then owners of Lewis; it was gifted to the community by Lord Leverhulme in 1923. A major redevelopme…
Music in Stornoway (Steornabhagh)

Hebridean Celtic Festival

A four-day extravaganza of folk, rock and Celtic music held in the second half of July.
Historic Building in Lewis (Leodhais)

Arnol Blackhouse

One of Scotland’s most evocative historic buildings, the Arnol Blackhouse is not so much a museum as a perfectly preserved fragment of a lost world. Built in 1885, this traditional blackhouse – a combined byre, barn…
Museum in Garenin (Na Gearrannan)

Blackhouse Museum

A traditional 1955 blackhouse with displays on the village’s history.