sailing event for all types of vessel, ranging from dinghies to yachts. The harbour hosts a fishing fleet which is of course less than when Stornoway had its heyday in the fishing industry. There is a marina with moorings for pleasure craft, and you often see large yachts which are attracted to Stornoway.
Stornoway's shops and Pubs
Though small Stornoway does host a range of shops some of which provide the local handicrafts including of course the famous "Harris Tweed" items. You can learn more about the traditional ways of weaving at the Lewis Loom Centre.
As with all towns inevitably there are a few "High Street" stores such as M & Co and Boots, however there are still plenty of local shops, bakeries, butchers and the large local store in the centre of Stornoway - Murdo Maclean & Sons Ltd which stocks a wide range of Kitchen items, curtains and soft furnishings as well as Ladies clothing
There are a selection of pubs in the centre of Stornoway - one of the largest is the MacNeils in Cromwell Street which has a great atmosphere and many locals meet there.
Sport in Stornoway
Several sports feature popular in and around Stornoway, there is of course the popular golf course which sits in the Lews Castle Grounds, there is a lovely Sports centre which affords a swimming pool, gym with lots of equipment, even a running track and of course a football pitch. Football is very popular in The Western Isles with Stornoway hosting many matches for the Lewis and Harris Football League. Rugby Union is also popular in and around the island.
Music Theatre and Dance in Stornoway
There are many occasions to celebrate and enjoy music, theatre and dance in Stornoway. There is the lovely arts centre and theatre Ann Lantair in the centre of the town that hosts many theatrical performances as well as in the auditorium you often see comedians or singers and performers at concerts, along with the usual pantomimes at Xmas.
Annually Stornoway hosts the Hebridean Celtic Festival, which takes place in the Stornoway Castle grounds, usually attracting at least ten thousand visitors and many famous musicians and groups like the Proclaimers, Runrig and Skerryvore perform.
Currently the castle is undergoing a real makeover, about £14m is to be spent in total on restoring and converting the building. The site will offer a four star hotel and will also house the Stornoway Museum
In an added coup for the Hebrides, six of the world famous Lewis Chessmen will be on show in the new museum and are predicted to be a massive crowd puller when it opens in 2015.
Isles FM of Stornoway
Stornoway has its own radio station - Isles FM which features both Gaelic and English music, plays and local interest programmes.
BBC Alba, the public broadcasting company for mainly Gaelic programmes is also based in Stornoway.
Stornoway Black Pudding
Stornoway Black Pudding is famous the world over. It acquired PGI status which means that it is now protected from others who might produce inferior black puddings and call them "Stornoway Black Pudding".
The pudding is said to be one of the best in the world. Many visitors always take back home with them - lots of black pudding for friends and family!
Stornoway town centre on a Sunday is so tranquil. Mostly, Stornoway keeps the tradition - to keep Sunday as a day of rest, with most of the shops and the public houses remaining closed. Many islanders - even those who aren't religious enjoy the tranquility and peace that Stornoway offers on a Sunday......
The Herring Girls played an important part in The history of Stornoway. The Fishing Industry afforded many families. .The work of women in the heyday of the Herring fishery has been well documented, with plays being written and performed , poetry being written about these brave hardworking girls.......
Stornoway has a very colourful history, many invasions - clan fights and Norse domination. many factors contribute to making the History of Stornoway so interesting - not least the Fishing Industry. The main street in Stornoway is called Cromwell Street as Cromwell's Parliamentary forces fought to take control of the town. ......