Welcome to Stornoway

Welcome to Stornoway

 

It was hot and sunny again when we arrived in Stornoway harbour.
Stornoway was at the crossroads of the historic trading routes lying, as it does on the Western edge of Europe.
As with all these Western Isles, Lewis and its neighbour Harris are havens of widlife with a large variety of birds, seals and dolphins etc. It has strong westerlies which cause difficulties for both humans and animals, but somehow they all cope.
It is fairly flat with a rugged coastline and sandy beaches.
Lord Leverhulme bought the island in 1918 and in 1923 returned the island to the people.

Tenders taking and returning passengers

Tenders taking and returning passengers

 

We went into the town and did some shopping. JW had hankered after a Harris tweed jacket, but didn’t like the “hairy” and bulky ones we had seen in English shops, so was delighted to find one in the right colours and right weight in this their home!

Townhall

Townhall

 

Shopping street in Stornoway

Shopping street in Stornoway

 

lifeboats returning to their station

lifeboats returning to their station

We left Lewis in the late afternoon and sailed back through those beautiful islands keeping a keen lookout for seals, dolphins otters and birds. I am still waiting for a close sight of whales, but alas they steer well clear of me. (Must be the genes of my whaling catain ancestor which scares them away.) 🙂

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