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Introducing Stornoway Vacations

By Angus Morrison

Many folk enjoy taking unusual vacations and more and more visitors are finding the usual seaside vacation less appealing. The challenge to find is ever increasing and vacation planners are continually searching for new vacation destinations or which feature something of unique interest. In the following article I write about the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles and discuss the factors which make this such a great destination for a vacation.

The Island Of Lewis

The Isle of Lewis, together with the Isle of Harris, is the biggest island in the Western Isles. The archipelago is found far off the west coast of Scotland further out from the Isle of Skye, needing a flight or ferry journey to travel to it. Due to the incredible remoteness it was only since the middle to late 20th century that people have been able to access to the islands for a vacation, before then it was only the upper classes who could afford to pay for the journey. The only other way to visit the Western Isles was to arrive to seek employment.

A long time ago the town of stornoway was an important fishing port. Herring was the main quarry of the fishermen and during the herring season the population of Stornoway grew from approximately 6,000 to more than thirty thousand. A huge amount of Stornoway Hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses were established to meet the needs for lodging the influx of temporary inhabitants created. These days Stornoway’s population stays at a little over six thousand (not including visitors).

Sadly the herring industry fell into sharp decline after WWI with the collapse of the German and Russian markets. Stornoway still retains a small fishing fleet but few buildings remain from those times and Stornoway lost a great deal of its charm during the 1970′s when it was redeveloped.

Recently the local council has enhanced, rather sympathetically, Stornoway town centre with several works of art on the theme of the herring industry as well as also adding fountains and areas of flower beds. New structures are also more sympathetic to the environment, such as An Lanntair, the local arts centre.

Despite the fact that there are a great deal less Stornoway hotels in existence, only the Royal Hotel can be dated back to the heyday of the Herring industry, you will still find a massive number of Stornoway bed and breakfasts, plus inns, guest houses and hostels. You will even find a camping and caravan park on the outskirts of the town.

If you are currently thinking about a vacation in the Western Isles please take a look at our extensive list of hotels in Stornoway.

If you are planning a vacation and you are considering Stornoway Hotels please visit our site where you will find our listings of Stornoway Hotels and other accommodation in the town.

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