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Hotels and Bed and Breakfast in Stornoway in the Western Isles

Apr 23, 2008
Found on the periphery of Europe out in the north Atlantic ocean, off the west coast of Scotland, the Western Isles is a collection of over two hundred islands. Once many of these islands held small population but today only a small handful remain populated with the most densely populated, and largest, island being the Isle of Lewis. The main bulk of the population is found in the areas main town of Stornoway which serves as the main administrative center.

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland was one of the busiest herring fishing ports in Europe. During the herring season the town's population trebled with thousands of fishermen and ancillary workers traveling to Stornoway to work. Sadly the trade collapsed following the First World War but Stornoway still has a small fishing fleet which adds character to the town. Stornoway is one of the best places in which to stay when visiting the Western Isles and below you will find a little information about the bed and breakfast accommodation available.

The Caberfeidh Hotel has long been known as the finest hotel in Stornoway and although it looks rather '70s from the outside inside is luxuriously contemporary. Found on the very outskirts of town the Caberfeidh Hotel has some of the finest surroundings with the densely wooded Lews Castle grounds opposite and some fine gardens of its own.

The Royal Hotel first opened in 1850 and is Stornoway's oldest hotel. Although the oldest the Royal Hotel is thoroughly modern in it's outlook having opened the towns first cafe bar (HS1). From the outside the hotel has a gorgeous old fashioned exterior and some of the original features remain in some of their rooms.

The Caladh Inn is Stornoway's biggest hotel with the largest selection of rooms. The Caladh Inn is situated just outside the center of the town (on the opposite side to the Caberfeidh hotel) at the start of the road heading towards Stornoway airport. Being the closest hotel to the airport, plus the fact that it is so close to the town center, the Caladh Inn is very popular with both those visiting for business and pleasure.

Holm View Guest House is a four star guest house offering superb bed and breakfast accommodation about fifteen minutes drive from Stornoway's town center. Also available is Holm View Cottage which also provides excellent bed and breakfast.

The 3 star Thorlee Guest House is found right in the very center of Stornoway and offers the cheapest accommodation in the town. Offering such reasonable prices it is not surprising that the Thorlee is one of the most popular places in Stornoway.

Wherever you decide to stay in Stornoway you can be certain that you will experience some of the finest hospitality in the Western Isles (and maybe even the whole of Scotland). All of the accommodation mentioned in this article can be booked online very easily. It is always advisable to book your accommodation well in advance of your trip as it is very common for places in Stornoway to be fully booked at certain times of the year.
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If you are planning a vacation to the Hebrides you may wish to see our listings of Stornoway guest houses and Stornoway bed and breakfast
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