Car hire at Stornoway
Car Hire at Stornoway
Stornoway is the largest town on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, but it is still small in comparison to most towns, with a population of only around 8,000. Its nearest airport is Stornoway Airport (SYY), and due to its island location, car is the best way to get around.
What I need to know
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Where to pick up my car
Stornoway car rental is available from multiple suppliers at Stornoway Airport, where car hire desks are situated inside the terminal building. Other Stornoway car hire suppliers can be found close to the coast, as well as the town's rugby club, giving you lots of choice of where you want to start your journey.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
The Isle of Lewis, or Lewis and Harris, as it is sometimes referred to, is the largest of the Scottish isles, meaning there is plenty to explore by car. From historic villages to rugged coastlines offering breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean, Stornoway provides a great starting point for your Hebridean adventure.
Lews Castle is just a ten-minute drive from Stornoway. Shortly before its construction in the 19th century, the Lewis chessmen - chess pieces dating from the 12th century, believed to be the oldest in existence - were discovered at the site. The Morven Gallery is a 25-minute drive from the town, where art showcasing the beauty of the Hebrides is on display in abundance.
The Arnol Blackhouse is 25 minutes' drive from Stornoway and offers a glimpse into 19th century island life. The Neolithic Callanish Stones are 30 minutes away on the isle's west coast. A half-hour drive will also take you to the eerily named Bridge to Nowhere. Originally intended to form part of a new route across the island, the bridge simply leads to wild fields.
Eating and drinking
Stornoway is famous throughout Scotland and beyond for its local black pudding, so make sure to try some with your breakfast. As it is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the town has access to beautifully fresh seafood every day, with Hebridean salmon and scallops particular highlights. The Isle of Lewis also has its own cheese, made from the milk of local goats.
Things to do
The island's Lewis Loom Centre explores the history of Harris Tweed, as this is where the distinctive fabric originates from. The Stornoway venue allows visitors to enjoy a guided tour and lecture on tweed-making, complete with demonstrations of spinning wheels, dyeing thread and weaving using a hand loom.
Stornoway Harbour provides stunning picturesque views towards the Atlantic Ocean. Watch the catch of the day get unloaded from local fishermen's boats, or enjoy a ferry ride around the rest of the Outer Hebrides. Remember to wrap up warm, as the Hebridean wind can be bracing!