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    GypsyBessie says…

     Spectacular, dramatic scenery 

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     Sundays are still a little awkward! There are fewer hotels, pubs & other social places than you might think should be there. 

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     Great place for a get-away from it all holiday 

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See all 53 Stornoway Tips
  • Stornoway's Famous Sons

    Stornoway Favorites

    I have had the pleasure of reading Kevin MacNeil's rather dark tale of the life of R Stornoway, a resident of the eponymous town who wants to escape, but cannot seem to the break the apron strings that island hold on him.I have read every word the great Scottish Science Fiction writer Ken MacLeod has written, from 'The Star Fraction', described as...

  • Cabarfeidh Hotel

    Stornoway Hotels

    Doesnt look much from outside but the rooms are nice. Nice clean modern bathroom Food is...


    Stornoway Restaurants

    Its not just the hair in my food. My food was just nasty. I have had good and wonderful Thai food, including in Thailand. This place sucks and I cannot believe they have been open more than 10 years. My starter was some deep fried skewers that were ok. My sizzling main meal - complete with hair from one of the staff members who donated it - was...


South Uist

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  • Amazing food !

    South Uist Restaurants

    We ate there 3 or 4 nights and everything we tried was lovely, not once did we manage to eat a sweet as we were always stuffed after the main course.The Steaks were so good, especially washed down with lots of guiness !!! I cant remember the proper name , but it was chicken breast stuffed with Haggis in a cream and whiskey sauce. Hmmm!!

  • The Uists Car Hire

    South Uist Transportation

    Hi,We spent two weeks in the lovely western isles earlier this summer. We traveled up by bus and as you may have read elsewhere you NEED a car on the islands to get around. The bus services are good but to get to any of the beaches etc a car really is required. We googled a car hire firm called from Laing Motors in Lochboisdale, South Uist. They...

  • Ludag

    South Uist Things to Do

    Ludag is the southernmost village on South Uist, and this means you get gorgeous views over to the Island of Eriskay and further across the sound to Barra. A recently built causeway links Eriskay and South Uist here. It does not have a sidewalk but is broad enough to make it safe for pedestrians to use. Be very careful though when high winds occur...



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    by brianthetiger Updated Nov 9, 2010

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    I think I've been to Gallan Head, with Andy as the owner, about 3 times now, having first fallen in love with the place a few years previous, going back to 2001 or 3 when Richard and Joe had created the restaurant as Bonaventure.
    So its now 1 or sometimes 2 nights in 2008, 9 and 10 that I've stayed (as it is great not to have to drive back) and dined at Gallan Head. Its the remoteness, the cliffs & scenery, the great food & wine, the beautiful surroundings (inside & outside), the friendliness .... its lots of things I really like.
    Oh ... and its the very comfortable couches in the open plan lounge area that also make waiting-to-be-seated or make relaxing-after-dinner a pleasure.
    But one bit of other advice, the restaurant is perfectly tidy and finished off but these are converted old RAF huts ... this adds to the character but some might be looking for a little less RAF feel and more 'something else', don't worry though, once you've picked up the spirit of the place it will feel like a home from home.

    And that goes for the accommodation as well. Andy's done a great job with what he's got but there's no avoiding the limitations caused by the inflexible old RAF huts .... the best I can say is that Andy's rooms are a good place to sleep off a great night of wonderful food, lots of drink & good company.

    Favorite Dish: The menu changes from time to time but for starters I love the Smoked Stornoway Haddock Fishcakes With a lemon & dill dressing.
    And this year I followed the starter with Breast of Chicken filled with Black Pudding, wrapped in Bacon, On a wild mushroom tagliatelle.
    When I've had great food I normally don't do sweets but I had the Rum Ice-cream and it was fantastic.

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  • Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

    Lewis Things to Do

    What?Given the treacherous waters around Butt of Lewis, it is only natural there is a lighthouse there, but it's less usual for Scotland to put up a red brick lighthouse instead of white as most others areHistoryThe Butt of Lewis Lighthouse is 121ft high and was built between 1859 and 1862 by David and Thomas Stevenson, for a price of GBP 4,900 in...

  • Butt of Lewis

    Lewis Things to Do

    What?The Butt of Lewis is the northernmost point of the Western Isles. Next stop to the West is North America, next stop to the North is the Arctic. The Butt of Lewis itself comprises rocks and cliffs of 60 to 80 feet high - the attached picture is waves crashing upon the cliffs, shot from above.Aside from the photographers, ornithologists would...

  • Lemreway

    Lewis Things to Do

    You'll find Lemreway in Lochs - South West Lewis. Its a tiny crofting village with an ever depleting population - the demographic shift! If you are a tourist or have a family of restless children, don't go there. If you are a traveller who loves to see picturesque hill sides, lochs, sheep(!), and one of the most beautiful bays in the world, this is...


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