By air to Stornoway Airport: Flybe http://www.flybe.com operate flights to Stornoway from, Barra, Benbecula, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh. Monday - Sunday. Highland Airways operate an 18-seater Island Hopper service linking Glasgow and Inverness with Stornoway and Benbecula (Monday-Saturday). Eastern Airways operate between Aberdeen and Stornoway (Monday-Saturday).
Facilities at the airport include car hire, taxis, refreshments and wireless Internet access via BT OpenZone.
During the summer, a ferry sails from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway 2 or 3 times a day except Sundays. The service is slightly reduced during the winter. Journey time: 2 hours 40 minutes. Vehicle reservation required.
The official Caledonian Macbrayne website lists the current timetables in detail.
A ferry is also available from Uig in Skye to Tarbert. Harris. Although treated as two separate islands with distinct characteristics, Harris and Lewis form a single landmass. This means you can drive from one to the other. The main road between Stornoway (Lewis) and Tarbert (Harris) is 37 miles which takes about an hour by car or bus.
Car Hire is available at Stornoway Airport form Stornoway Car Hire. Vehicles are available from £165 per week (ex VAT).
Tel 01851 702 658, email: email@example.com Website: http://www.stornowaycarhire.co.uk/location.html
Getting to Carnish Lodge
TRAVEL OUT OF STORNOWAY ON THE A858. TRAVELLING TOWARDS LOCHS, PASS LEURBOST SCHOOL ON YOUR LEFT HAND SIDE (APPROX 6 MILES), TAKE YOUR FIRST RIGHT AFTER THE SCHOOL SIGN POSTED FOR UIG, TRAVEL ON UBTIL YOU REACH GARYNAHINE, TAKE THE FIRST LEFT THE B8011 SIGN POSTED FOR UIG. FOLLOW THIS FOR SOME WAY (APPROXIMATELY 20 MILES)UNTIL YOU WILL PASS A RIGHT TURN FOR VALTOS. CONTINUE ON ROAD BYPASSING VALTOS AND TIMSGARRY. FOLLOW THE SIGN FOR CARNISH, TAKE THE RIGHT TURNING INTO THE VILLAGE. FOLLOW THIS ROAD AND THE PROPERTY IS THE FIRST YOU COME TO ONYOUR LEFT HAND SIDE. APPROXIMATELY 38 MILES FROM STORNOWAY.
FROM HARRIS, FOLLOW SIGNS FOR STORNOWAY. AFTER APPROX. 32 MILES YOU WILL PASS A SIGN FOR LUERBOST. TAKE NEXT LEFT (SIGNPOSTED FOR UIG) AND FOLLOW DORECTIONS ABOVE.
Before heading to Carnish it is best to stock up with provisions. For those travelling by car, you will find a large Tesco store opposite the exit from the ferry teminal. Alternatively there is a CO-OP supermarket on the outskirts of Stornoway on the way to Carnish. The town centre also has a Boots the Chemist and other local stores. We would recommend that you pay a visit to Charles Macleod Butchers (Charley Barleys), an excellent butcher and makers of the famous Stornoway Black Pudding. If you are interested in fishing then a visit to Sportsworld in the centre of town is well worth it. Not only is it well stocked with all types of Angling tackle but they have an extensive knoweledge of island fishing.
3 miles before Carnish there is a well stocked Community Shop open Monday to Saturday. As well as day to day provisions the store has an off-licence, sells coal and logs and petrol.
Getting out of Stornoway onto the A859
From the ferry, turn left. At roundabout turn right (straight on to go to town centre). Turn left after The Seaforth Hotel which will be on your right hand side. Continue to the end of this road (there is a petrol station on your left and Charlie Barley's on your right). Turn right at the roundabout and then first left (you will also see the CO-OP store if you wish to visit there), at the end turn left and then follow the directions above.
From the airport. At the exit turn right and then at the end of the road turn right again. Follow this road until you enter Stornoway. You will pass a petrol station on your left and come to a mini roundabout. Go straight through and then take the next right (you will see the Seaforth Hotel ahead of you on the left). Then follow the directions above. If you wish to visit Tesco's carry on straight passed the The Seaforth Hotel and at the end of the road turn left. You will see the store on your left hand side after about 500 yards.