ABOVE: A Silver Whisper tender
approaches the downtown waterfront in Stornoway, Scotland..
Port of Stornoway (Outer Hebrides)
(Inverness) shore excursions
Stornoway is the largest town in Scotland's Western Isles,
a.k.a. the Outer Hebrides. Its port has cargo facilities, a fishing fleet, and a
terminal for Caledonian MacBrayne
ferries between the Isle of Lewis and the village of Ullapool on the
The harbor is too small for cruise ships, so the Silver
Whisper anchored offshore during our visit. Tenders shuttled passengers
between the ship and Stornoway's waterfront.
We enjoyed our brief time in Stornoway, which has a small but
lively business district with a good bookstore and a friendly tourist office.
But we were glad that the Silver Whisper didn't arrive on a Sunday, when
virtually everything (including the ferry terminal) shuts down because of the
islands' strict Sabbath observance.
Stornoway shore excursions