As the main port for the Outer Hebrides, Stornoway is a regular port-of-call for visiting cruise ships, with increasing numbers choosing to visit the Hebridean Islands in recent years.
The primary cruise ship facility is at Number 3 Pier, capable of taking vessels up to 156 metres in length with a maximum draft of 6.5 metres. There is no limit to the size of vessels at the Outer Anchorage. Reception facilities are readily available in the main Ferry Terminal adjacent to this berth. Upon disembarking their vessel, passengers are greeted by the Stornoway Cruise Ambassadors, a voluntary group who provide information and advice on the island’s tourist attractions, and distribute maps of the local area to all passengers. Smaller vessels may also be accommodated on West and East Number 1 Pier or on Esplanade Quay.
The Port has extensive parking and marshalling areas for bus trips, and is an ideal point from which to explore the islands of Lewis & Harris. Particularly popular trips include Callanish Stones, Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Carloway Broch, Gearranan village and the newly opened Harris Distillery. Stornoway is the main town in the Outer Hebrides, and is the main shopping area for tourists and locals alike. Cruise Ambassadors have assisted passengers locating particular shops within the town.
The port receives an average of 15,000 cruise ship passengers every year and is one of the most popular ports of call for cruise ships in Scotland. The port is continually working on improving the facilities for passengers and cruise ships, with a view to increasing the town’s status as a top cruise destination.
Stornoway Port Authority is a member of Cruise Europe www.cruiseeurope.com and Cruise Scotland www.cruisescotland.com