P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides as a Port-of-Call.
Stornoway is the main town on the Isle of Lewis, in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides – an area renowned for its unspoilt natural beauty and stunning scenery of mountains, moorland and golden beaches. The history of Lewis dates back thousands of years and around the island lie myriad ancient stone circles and standing stones, including the famous Carloway broch – a round Iron Age fortification.
Located on the east coast, Stornoway is a phonetic translation of ‘Steering Bay’ – a name given by Vikings first visiting this natural sheltered harbour. This attractive, bustling town was built on traditional trades including fishing, Harris Tweed and farming, and today you can enjoy fascinating insights into these industries in the local museum and the Lewis Loom Centre.
Just west of the town lies the neo gothic Lews Castle. Built between 1847-57 as a country house for Sir James Matheson – who purchased the island a few years previously – it was funded by his Chinese Opium fortune.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Stornoway as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Stornoway Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Stornoway Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Enjoy the beauty and diversity of Harris, with its rugged countryside, lush mountain passes, barren moorland and sandy beaches.
This panoramic tour takes you to picturesque Harris, famous for its Harris Tweed, a hand-woven cloth made from pure new Scottish wool, dyed using indigenous plants.
Admire the diverse scenery as you pass the fjord-like sea lochs of Loch Erisort and Loch Seaforth, before travelling through a mountain pass with excellent views of the rugged countryside and the majestic Clisham, which at 2625 feet is the highest mountain in the Outer Isles. Powerful forces of ice and sea in the distant past have carved and polished an impressive landscape of stark sea-cliffs, sweeping beaches and heather uplands. The rocks discovered here are said to be the oldest in the world.
Watch as the old, pre-First World War whaling station of Banamhuinneader and the vivid lunar landscape of rocks dotted with tiny lochans pass by, before stopping for some free time in the quaint fishing village of Tarbert, which overlooks Loch Tarbert.
Leaving Tarbert, you’ll travel the vast expanse of Luskentyre Bay, heading for Horgabost Beach. Enjoy free time here to admire the bleached white sand that enticingly fills the entire bay, washed by turquoise sea and backed by steep dunes. All this is set against the backdrop of the mountains to the north and the beautiful, uninhabited island of Taransay, where the BBC Television series Castaway 2000 was recorded.
Enjoy the stunning, unspoilt scenery of the Isle of Lewis before visiting some of the most important pre-historic sites in Scotland.
The Isle of Lewis is the heartland of Gaelic culture with long-standing traditions and relics, where people’s lives are still dominated by traditional pursuits like crofting, fishing and weaving.
Travel towards the striking west coast and the village of Callanish, site of the dramatic prehistoric ruins of the Callanish Standing Stones, rated as the most important in Britain after Stonehenge. A guided tour will be given of the stones which date from 1,500 BC and are laid out in the form of a cross with a circle in the centre. They were aligned with the sun and the stars to provide the seasonal cycle on which the early Neolithic farmers were so dependent.
Continue along the beautiful Atlantic coastal road to the next stop of Carloway, a pretty parish with a scattering of island croft houses, with the best preserved broch in the Hebrides, Carloway Broch. Enjoy a tour of the fortified stone tower which was built around 100 BC for defence purposes.
Travelling northwards, you’ll arrive at Arnol, with its remains of numerous, abandoned blackhouses. These were built as a combined byre, barn and home in the tradition of ancient “long-houses”, where the poor lived together with their animals. Visit the Blackhouse Museum, which is a restored blackhouse. Step back in time and imagine what it would have been like to live within its thick walls and thatched roof, with its homely furnishings and burning peat fire.
Bostadh Iron Age Settlement
Enjoy a beautiful, remote area of North Lewis with superb views and a unique chance to visit a reconstructed old Iron Age House.
Travel to the Island of Great Bernera, which is joined to the main island by a narrow bridge. It is a rocky island, dotted with lochans, fringed by a few small lobster-fishing settlements, owned by the Queen’s former herald.
Arriving near the deserted village of Bostadh, you will come upon an entire Iron Age settlement perched above a precious little bay of golden sand. The settlement was only discovered here in the early 90’s when gale-force winds revealed it. One of the ancient dwellings has now been completely restored: the Iron Age House. Enjoy a visit inside where you can absorb the warm gloom and sharp smell from the real peat fire, whilst a local guide describes the way of life of the ancient folk who lived here. Afterwards, there will be a chance to explore the small graveyard nearby and go for a stroll on the wide beach of fine white sand with its gorgeous views out to the turquoise-blue Atlantic.
On your return journey, you will be able to admire the beautiful scenery and views of Carloway Broch to the north.
You will find the full and current list of P&O Stornoway Shore Excursions at
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