Silversea Luxury Cruises To STORNOWAY (Isle of Lewis)

STORNOWAY (Isle of Lewis)

Scotland's Outer Hebrides can be rainy, remote and cold – yet their inhabitants rank as the happiest people in the UK. What is their secret? One trip to the lovely port of Stornoway and you’ll soon understand why. View more

Like something on the front of a chocolate box, Stornoway is almost a cliché of everything that is lovely about remotest Scotland: buttercups glowing at the side of single track roads, wisps of bog cotton swaying in the breeze, heather was blooming on the swathes of moorland that cover the interior of the islands, dramatic, romantic landscapes as far as the eye can see … But far from being just beautiful – the mountains, hills, lunar-like rocky plateaus, moorlands, meadows, rugged coastlines and white sandy beaches not to be undermined - Stornoway is full of history, culture and unsurprisingly, more wildlife that you can shake a stick at. Set on the eastern coast of the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Harris, Stornaway is the capital of the Outer Hebrides, and the jumping off point for all those who want to venture even further north. Although it may sound like two separate islands, Lewis and Harris are actually two parts of the one island, and as such, is full of interesting things to do while you are here. Historians will certainly want to start with the truly magical 5,000 year old Callanish Stones. Scotland’s answer to Stonehenge, these impressive stones are actually part of a cluster of several different archaeological sites in this area. Probably positioned in several stages between 3000 BC and 1500 BC, the grouping consists of an avenue of 19 monoliths extending northward from a circle of 13 stones, with other rows leading south, east, and west. Ruins of a cairn sit within the circle on the east side. Researchers believe they may have been used for astronomical observations, but you can create your own explanations.

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SOUTHAMPTON To SOUTHAMPTON
  • Departure
    Sep 03 2021
  • Duration
    12 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit
From US$ 7,110
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SOUTHAMPTON To SOUTHAMPTON
  • Departure
    Sep 03 2021
  • Duration
    24 Days
  • Ship
    Silver Spirit
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Excursions in STORNOWAY (Isle of Lewis)

A Taste of Lewis

The history, traditions, culture and flavours of the Hebrides are yours to discover during this scenic and informative, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Borgh Pottery, Traditional Pottery-Making Demonstration

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive across the Isle of Lewis en route to Borgh Pottery. Upon arrival, proceed for a demonstration of traditional pottery techniques. All pots are hand-thrown (handmade), a production method that allows for flexibility and scope in design.


Organic Garden, Leisurely Stroll, Shrubs and Flowers, Local Bird Species

Following the pottery-making demonstration, take a leisurely stroll through the small, adjacent organic garden. Along the way, marvel at the wide range of shrubs and flowers from spring through autumn. Due to the wide variety of small trees and bushes in the garden, along with its organic nature, the garden is also a haven for local bird species.


Borve House Hotel, Seafood Snack, West Coast Drive, Dun Carloway Pictish Broch

Next, re-board your coach and proceed for a seafood taste at the Borve House Hotel; the Hebrides are renowned for having excellent, locally-sourced seafood and produce. After your refreshment, re-board your coach and continue around the west coast en route to the site of the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Likely built during the 1st century B.C., the broch would have served as an occasionally defensible residence for an extended family, complete with accommodation for animals on the ground-floor level, and a visible statement of power and status in the local area. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 40-minute drive back to the pier.

Ancient Lewis and Blackhouse Village

Explore the ancient history of Lewis Isle during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Stornoway, Lewis Isle, West Coast, Callanish Standing Stones, Visitor's Centre, Stones Walk

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive across Lewis Isle en route to the beautiful west coast of the island. Upon arrival, proceed to Callanish for a visit to the Callanish Standing Stones. Described as 'Scotland's Stonehenge', the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3000 B.C., and are comprised of a total of 32 stones in a circular and avenue design. It is thought that the site, one of several in the area, was constructed for astronomical observations. The stones stand like a petrified forest on the flat top of a peninsula which reaches out into East Loch Roag. Visit the excellent Visitor's Centre to learn more about the site, and venture out amongst the stones to experience their mysterious atmosphere.


Dun Carloway Pictish Broch

Next, re-board your coast and continue around the west coast of Lewis Isle to the site of the Dun Carloway Pictish Broch. Probably built some time in the last century B.C, it would have occasionally served as a defensible residence for an extended family, with accommodation for animals at ground floor level. It would also have served as a visible statement of power and status in the local area.


Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, Traditional Blackhouses, Museum, Crofting Demonstration

Your tour continues with a drive north to the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a reconstructed settlement of traditional blackhouses where people and animals lived in close proximity. The houses were made using dry, stone masonry, and have thatched roofs distinctively weighted down with rocks. During your guided tour, visit the small museum, observe a display of a typical crofting activity such as weaving or butter-making (subject to availability), and take in splendid views from this dramatic site on the wild Atlantic coast. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Bostadh Sands and Iron Age Village

Experience life in an ancient, Iron Age Village during this unforgettable, half-day sightseeing excursion to Bostadh Beach.


Stornoway, Isle of Great Bernera, Bostadh Beach, Iron Age Village of Bostadh

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 75-minute drive west towards the Isle of Great Bernera. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Iron Age Village of Bostadh, located on a beautiful beach on the far-west-side of Lewis Isle. After a severe storm in the Spring of 1992, a series of stone structures were exposed at Bostadh Beach. A programme of excavations in 1996 revealed a complex of houses beneath the sand. It was then decided to backfill this site in order to preserve these structures.


Guided Walking Tour, House Tops, Life-Sized 'Jelly Baby' House Replica, Coastal Views

During your guided walking tour, the tops of two of the houses can be seen in the beach area, where the ever-changing dune landscape exposes, then re-covers, parts of the original structures. The main attraction now is the life-sized replica of one of these 'jelly baby' houses; so-called because of their distinctive shape. Your stroll around this remarkable reconstruction offers a unique insight into the life of the inhabitants of this ancient community. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board the coach and commence the approximately 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.

Harris Tweed Workshop

Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about Harris Tweed and produce an item utilising this handwoven textile during this fun-filled, half-day interactive tweed excursion.


Stornoway, Town Hall, 'The Story of Harris Tweed', Tweed Weaving, Production and Samples

Depart the pier with your guided for the short walk with your guide to the Stornoway Town Hall, situated at the heart of the capital of Western Isles. Upon arrival, explore 'The Story of Harris Tweed', an introduction to the history and development of the Harris Tweed industry. Discover the processes from wool-to-yarn, watch weavers work the looms, and marvel at the pattern, colour and range of this fine cloth, with plenty of samples to touch and feel.


Interactive Tweed Workshop, Create a Tweed Item

Next, proceed to one of the beautifully restored rooms, where an experienced seamstress joins you for an interactive, two-hour workshop. Along the way, she guides you through the project, which is suitable for beginners with little-or-no experience, and teaches you how to produce an item utilising this handwoven textile; a wonderful souvenir to take home. Following the workshop, join your guided for the short walk back to the pier.

Lewis Isle & Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Discover the coastal splendour and landmarks of northern Lewis Isle during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Stornoway, Lewis Isle, Parish and Port of Ness, Harbour Area, Harbour View Gallery, Free Time

Depart the pier for the for the scenic, approximately 55-minute drive across Lewis Isle en route to the Parish of Ness and its charming little harbour, the Port of Ness. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore this traditional fishing village at your leisure. For generations, Ness has been home to many seafarers who are celebrated in the works of local artists. You can take a delightful stroll about the harbour area, and visit the Harbour View Gallery to admire the artwork on display.


St. Moluag Church, Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Lighthouse and Ocean Views

Next, re-board your coach and continue on to St. Moluag Church. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of this ancient church and learn about its mysterious legacy. Afterward, re-board your coach and head to the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, which is situated in a stunning location. The Butt of Lewis Lighthouse was constructed in 1862, and, unlike many other Scottish lighthouses, was built from red brick. During an exterior photo stop here, take in excellent views of the lighthouse and out to sea. This area is noted in the Guinness Book of Records as the windiest place in the United Kingdom. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 70-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 55 yards-328 yards (about 50-metres-300 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, soft ground and inclines (can be avoided), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in the Port of Ness is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled.

Lews Castle Walk

Experience the lovely Stornoway coast, landmarks and Lews Castle grounds on-foot during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Stornoway Walking Tour, Seafront, Bridge, Coastline, Woodlands, Gardens

Depart the pier for a scenic walking tour along the seafront to admire the fishing boats dancing on the waves. From here, cross the bridge and follow the pathway along the coastline. En route, pass by grounds that were originally laid out as part of the formal gardens of Lews Castle, built on the foundations of an estate house dating from 1680. The grazing land was transformed into extensive woodlands, large gardens, and a conservatory complex to house a wide range of native and exotic plant species.


Jetty, Colourful Houses, Forest, Gallows Hill, Castle Grounds, Panoramic Views

Next, continue walking along the coast en route to a small jetty offering splendid panoramic vistas across the bay to the colourful houses of Stornoway. From here, your path climbs gently through the forest to the highest point of the castle's grounds, located on Gallows Hill where once the town's gallows stood. From this viewpoint, take in spectacular panoramic views of Stornoway and its surrounds. This area also features evidence of prehistoric settlements dating back to 4000 B.C., including the largest number of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments around Stornoway.


Lews Castle and Museum nan Eilean Tour

Finally, reach the impressive mock Tudor Castle, the lavishly-appointed Lews Castle. This Victorian-Era home was utilised as a naval hospital during World War II, a period during which the groomed woodlands fell into a wild state and the fantastic glasshouses dilapidated. We will have free time here to explore the Museum nan Eilean. At the conclusion of your visit, commence the approximately 30-minute walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.86 miles (about 3 kilometres), at times over uneven, slippery, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with many steps to negotiate at the castle. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship.

Scenic Harris Isle

Embrace the spectacular natural beauty of the Lewis and Harris isles during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Stornoway, Lewis and Harris Isles, Tarbert Town, Free Time

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive south from Lewis Isle to Harris Isle, and its capital port town of Tarbert. En route, drive along wonderfully picturesque mountain roads. Upon arrival in Tarbert, some free time is made available to explore this bustling little town at your leisure.


Luskentyre, Horgabost Beach, Taransay Isle

Following your visit, re-board your coach and head southwest to Luskentyre. Upon arrival, a photo stop is made at beautiful Horgabost Beach. Enjoy breath-taking vistas of the uninhabited Taransay Isle, made famous in 2000 as the setting for Survivor, the first reality television program in which people lived as a mixed community away from the trappings of modern life. Photo opportunities abound at Horgabost Beach and other scenic viewpoints along your route.

A refreshment stop is made for tea, coffee and local homebakes before the 75-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 765 yards (about 700 metres), at times over uneven surfaces, soft ground and inclines (can be avoided), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. Walking in Tarbert is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket or coat. The coaches utilised on this tour are air-cooled.

Stornoway RIB-Boat Safari

Experience the stunning scenery, wildlife and marine life off the Uig Atlantic coast during this fun-filled and exciting, half-day RIB-boat excursion.


Stornoway, Miavaig, RIB-Boat Safari

Depart Stornoway; the capital of the island, for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive west towards Uig. En route, watch the landscape change from flat farmland to something more dramatic and wilder. Upon arrival in Miavaig, proceed to your awaiting rigid-inflatable boat (RIB-boat).


Uig Atlantic Coast, Seals, Seabirds, Birds of Prey, Dolphins, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks

After receive your safety and tour instructions and gear, set off on your boat trip around the waters of the stunning Uig Atlantic coast, which is rich in marine life and wildlife including seals, seabirds and birds of prey. Have your cameras at the ready whilst we navigate the waters looking out for wildlife. If you are really lucky today, you may also see dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks, so keep your eyes peeled.


Pristine Coast, White-Sand Beaches, Lagoons, Refreshments

In addition to the local wildlife and marine life, marvel at the stunning and unspoiled coast, which was formed by huge Atlantic waves and features beautiful, white-sand beaches and lagoons. Upon arrival back at the pier, relax with a hot drink and shortbread in the cabin. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.