Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis and Harris. More than 8,000 people live in the town, which represents about a third of the Islands total population. The economy is a mix of traditional businesses like fishing, Harris Tweed and crofting, with more recent influences like tourism, the oil industry and public sector jobs. Due to its sheltered location, the ferry to Ullapool is a regular visitor to Stornoway harbour. The sheltered harbour is the reason for Stornoway’s existence and was named by the visiting Vikings “Steering Bay” which, when phonetically translated, became the name Stornoway.