58°11’.50N 006°22’.00W
The beautiful natural harbour at Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland has been recognised as a haven for nearly a thousand years
Contact Name Captain Torquil Macleod
Telephone +44 (0) 1851 702 688 / (0) 7720 410 283

Dominated by its magnificent castle, the harbour bustles with activity. It provides various berths with depth up to 6.5 metres, one channel entrance 4 cables wide of at least a depth of 6.5 metres. Anchorages are also available in various areas of the harbour.

The port of Stornoway is the gateway to an island steeped in history. The spectacular Standing Stones of Callanish (erected around 2,000 BC), and the Broch at Carloway are recognised among Europe's most famous ancient monuments, while traditionally constructed black houses are situated within easy reach of the port.

The Port offers a range of facilities unmatched in the north west of Scotland. It is the main seaport of the Hebridean Island chain. It has good communication links with the mainland, with several daily flights and daily ro-ro ferry services.

Stornoway is a lively and vibrant town that hosts a variety of pubs, restaurants, hotels and clubs all within five minutes walk from the harbour. There are two supermarkets offering good quality service, as well as a variety of smaller shopping outlets within the town.

During the month of July, the town is normally very busy with visitors and events such as Sail Hebrides, as well as the very popular Celtic Festival held in the grounds of the castle.

A modern Sports Centre is available just a short distance from the harbour.

Quay Capability

Class A Yes
Class B Yes
Class C & D Yes

Port Facilities

Anchorage Yes
Berthing Depth 2.4 - 7.6m
Pilot Available Yes
Tug Available No

Distances in Nautical Miles - Greenock 270 Lerwick 214

Harbour Conditions

  • Various Length quays available (up to 135m) • Various depths (2.4-7.6m)
  • Maximum Draft 6.5m • Tidal Range Spring 5.0m • Neap 2.0m
  • Pilots available • No tugs available
  • Alongside berthing available at all three main piers
  • Suitable anchorages available inside harbour
  • Tender Service will be available for vessels using Harbour Anchorages

Further Port Information

Stornoway – a diverse line-up with music at its core

The bustling harbour of Stornoway, set against the stunning backdrop of the magnificent Lews Castle is a truly spectacular setting for the visiting Tall Ships, and the town has a great line up planned from 11 – 16 July.

From the rousing welcome of pipers performing on the pier, visitors are in for an action-packed few days with everything from dinghy sailing races to a Hebridean market and even circus workshops. The Tall Ships Races visit to Stornoway also coincides with the popular Hebridean Celtic Festival, which makes for a double celebration, and the fantastic musical line up won’t disappoint.

Day events

  • The Sail Hebrides Festival – there will be plenty of boat action at this annual festival which has always proved popular with locals and visitors alike. Watch as small sailing vessels take part in a variety of races. And for the uninitiated you can sign up for some sailing tuition too.
  • Maritime History Exhibition – a fascinating display in the ferry terminal as well as live demonstrations at the quayside of traditional boat building skills.
  • Cookery demonstrations – a chance to find out more about the local produce and how to prepare it.
  • Hebridean Market – savour some delicious seasonal treats, from fruit and vegetables to freshly caught seafood, mouthwatering home bakes and preserves. You can also buy local crafts and plants.  
  • 5km Fun Run – if you’re wanting to work off some of that food, then why not sign up for this charity fun run which will take place through the beautiful Lews Castle Grounds and around the harbour?
  • Band parade – listen to the diverse pipe and samba sounds as the bands make their way through the streets towards the quayside.


If you’d like to try something new, then why not try your hand at one of the many workshops on offer? The choice is certainly eclectic – ranging from Instrumental workshops to Circus Skills or Gaelic songs. There will also be a shinty taster session on Friday.

Evening events

Dominating the festivities will of course be the Heb Celt Festival, which runs from 13 – 16 July. This award-winning festival goes from strength to strength and this year will be featuring, among others, KT Tunstall, Seth Lakeman, Stornoway, Peatbog Faeries, Eddi Reader, KAN and Rachel Sermanni. For some home grown musical talent, head for Music at the Marquee on the Friday and Saturday.

And to round off the celebrations, there will be a highly anticipated Laser Light Display on Saturday 16 July, from 10.00pm to midnight, which will light up the harbour and the wonderful Tall Ships – a spectacular way to mark the end of the festivities.

For further information on events, please contact:

Jane Maciver
E: janemaciver@stornoway-harbour-com
Tel: 01851 702688

Available For Crews


  • Trips and Tours visiting sites of ancient historical monuments
  • Historical tours of Stornoway daily
  • Visit traditional Black Houses nearby
  • Ready access to stunning local beaches
  • Hebridean Celtic Music Festival from 13th July 2011
  • Maritime Festival at Stornoway 13th - 20th July 2011
  • European Street Markets in Stornoway Town Centre
  • Hebridean Carnival Day - 16th July 2011

Sports Facilities

  • Modern sports centre, with indoor and outdoor facilities, together with Swimming Pool, within easy walk 18 hole Golf Course in Stornoway
  • Surfing opportunities in Atlantic Surf
  • Cycle Hire available locally
  • Hill Walking, explore the more remote
  • areas of the island of Lewis and Harris

General Facilities

  • Fresh water available on all berths
  • Showering, Toilets and Laundry Facilities available locally
  • Close to Stornoway Airport, linking with Glasgow, Inverness, Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports
  • Marine Fuel Supply available Harbour-side
  • Ship Chandlery outlet for all forms of Marine Equipment and Hardware
  • Engineering and Electrical support services