Travel Blogs from Stornoway
Being a sea day today, we were in store for lots of R&R, and even more than normal on this cruise as both of our usual sea day activities weren't available. I always take in the Bingo game and usually follow that up with a slot tourney in the Casino. Neither of these activities were on the schedule today and the Casino wasn't open at all. Something to do with local regulations and the fact that we were too close to shore and ...
We took the ferry from Ullapool to Stornaway, the main town on Lewis Island in the Outer Hebrides Islands on August 17th. Not fun! The sea was "beastly rough " as my mother put it. It was a bit like a roller coaster ride out of control for a while.. and I was in totally the wrong place on the ferry.. ie top front instead of lower deck in back where they said it was much more stable etc. Still saw the waves heaving from ...
... the street and being blown sideways by the southwesterly in the sheltered street of the village, agreed that walking along the northern cliffs probably wouldn't be a great idea. There's is a lot to see on the Isle though and hiring a car would be the way to go as the bus service, whilst extensive is irregular leaving you at a spot for over an hour at a site where 15 minutes would suffice. The hotel has been great and I've explored it's ...
... morning. Also I was wild camping with a tent I hadn't used before, in a gale while it was raining. After some considered thinking as the rain trickled down my neck I decided to head back into Tarbert and try and find accommodation there. I figured this was supposed to be a holiday, not an experiment in hypothermia. In this world there are few real challenges left, cycle touring might be one of them. No one around to help, no dry car I could call on to pick me ...
... They are called this as they would go black inside from the peat smoke. It was ok. A guy in here was crafting the tweed thread. That was pretty awesome to watch. Looked a lot like how Grandma Clarke used to make .... Er ... Woollen stuff maybe ... I bought a cute little Harris Tweed purse for £14. Saw it later in an Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop on the mainland (ie chain tourist **** shops) for £25! And the guy probably made the tweed on ...
Other places to stay in Stornoway
11 James Street, Stornoway | 3 star hotelfrom $146
Perceval Road South, Stornoway | 3 star hotelfrom $182
81 Cromwell Street, Stornoway | 2 star hotelfrom $159
12-14 Francis Street, Stornoway | Hotelfrom $149
18A Matheson Road, HS1 2LA, Stornoway | Hotelfrom $151