In the Isle of Lewis on the Outer Hebrides of Scotland is the port town of Stornoway. With a traditional Scottish locale, Stornoway’s Gaelic speaking population is at 43%. Filled with charming specialist shops and colourfully painted buildings, Stornoway is an impeccable spot for a romantic holiday for two. Rent a holiday cottage here and then spend a pleasant day wandering through the streets, perhaps browsing collections of locally made tweed and jewellery. Afterwards, stop by the stylish yet intimate Digby Chick Restaurant, where delicious, fresh seafood is served. When it comes to drinks, the Hebridean Brewing Company creates fine cask ales, wonderful when sipped in the sun in a welcoming beer garden. Also wonderful in the sun is the Hebridean Celtic Festival, held each year in July, and drawing in thousands of people of all ages to celebrate the heritage of this magical area of the world.
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Founded by the Vikings thousands of years ago in the 9th century, Stornoway is a town that is steeped in ancient history. The Lewis War Memorial and Lewis Loom Centre Museum provide excellent information about the past while making for a fun day out. To truly immerse yourself in local culture, be sure to stop by one of the town’s restaurants and to try some delicious kippers, or Stornoway black pudding – or, if you prefer, fruit pudding. Also in Stornoway is the stunning Bayhead, great for picnicking with the kids. For entertainment, the An Lanntair gallery in the middle of town has everything from art exhibitions to film screenings to live music, as well as a bar and a restaurant, absolutely ideal for a romantic night out. An alluring town with picturesque views and a unique culture, Stornoway is a marvellous choice if you are looking for either a quiet, tranquil few days with your other half, or a cheerful, colourful holiday with friends.