Welcome to Stornoway Historical Society and to our website

We hope you enjoy browsing through the features and gallery whether you’re a real SY or just interested in the town and island. If you have any memories you could send us, questions you think we could help with, please contact us. You might even be able to correct us if we’ve got something wrong!

In Stornoway parlance “haoidh coves and blones – any yarns down the vile?”

The Name Stornoway

The name Stornoway (Scottish Gaelic-‘Steornabhagh’) derives from ‘Sjornavagr’, the Old Norse for ‘steering bay’. Stornoway has been settled since at least Viking times although there is archaeological evidence of Neolithic activity in the near vicinity of the town.

Stornoway 1964



Blazing the Trail for Stornoway Women

'Blazing the Trail for Stornoway Women' is the title of the Society's 2018 summer exhibition starting Monday 18th June in our Town Hall premises at 2 Cromwell Street. This commemorates those SY blones who over the course of the 20th century made their mark in public...

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