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Stornoway is a busy town and the largest settlement on the Isle of Lewis. It has an excellent natural sheltered harbour. The name is thought to be Norse for ‘steering bay’ and dates back to the 1100’s. Stornoway Castle, although completely destroyed in 1653 by Cromwell, has had its remains used for the foundation of the pier c1800.
The harbour partially surrounds the town. Interesting buildings include the Town House, The Town Hall which houses the Museum nan Eilean, St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1839 and the 19th century Amity House. Attractions include the Art Centre, the Lewis Loom Centre that offer guided tours, spinning wheel demonstrations and the history of the famous Harris Tweed. Along with fishing, Harris Tweed remains one of the main sources of income for the island. A visit would therefore, not be complete without a detailed lecture and a guided tour of history of Harris Tweed, with demonstrations of the looms, warping, waulking, spinning and carding.
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