Stornoway, United Kingdom

Stornoway (Gaelic Steòrnabhagh) is the main town on Lewis and the admin centre for all of Scotland's Outer Hebrides. Indeed it's the only town in these islands; it has the best amenities and transport links, and it's the obvious base for exploring both Lewis and Harris.

1 Stornoway Airport (SYY IATA) (2 miles east of town on A866). Stornoway has flights across Scotland by Loganair, in twin-prop aircraft. These are not cheap, around £250 return and more at the weekend, but it's a full-service airline so a checked bag is included in the fare. (And think what petrol alone will cost if you drive then take the ferry.) There are four flights M-Th and two F-Su from Glasgow GLA taking an hour, one or two from Edinburgh, 1-3 from Inverness, and M-F one or two from Benbecula. Check-in an hour before flight is soon enough at Stornoway; allow the standard two hours at busy Edinburgh or Glasgow. The airport has toilets and a lounge but the cafe remains closed. There's car hire but you need to book ahead. Bus W5 runs between town and airport five times M-Sa, taking 15 min, fare £1.20. Another five buses M-F pass nearby on the highway out to Point. All the local taxi firms serve the airport, see "Get around". (updated Jun 2019)

Stornoway Tours & Activities