Historical Societies in the Western Isles

There are several Historical Societies in the Western Isles we have listed those with websites here.

1 North Tolsta Historical Society
North Tolsta Historical Society have amassed a wealth of heritage research. Now, we can share this archive knowledge of family, emigration, and Gaelic that was shaped by lives spent crofting, fishing, and of service in two Worlds Wars and the Merchant Navy.

2 Ness Historical Society
Ness Historical Society website offers a flavour of some of the thousands of documents, transcripts, photographs and audio-video recordings that we have within our archive.

3 West Side Historical Society
Comman Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar was constituted in 1981 and covers the geographical area from Arnol to Dalbeg on the westside of the Isle of Lewis.

4 Barvas & Brue Historical Society
Whether your roots trace back to Barvas and Brue soil or not, here you can delve into the history of this area of Lewis and its people.

5 Uig Historical Society (Facebook Page)
Fresh notes and old stories from Uig Historical Society.

6 Pairc Historical Society
The Society collects information about the villages of Lemreway, Gravir, Marvig, Cromore, Garyvard, Caversta, Kershader, Habost, Orinsay, Calbost and Steimreway.

7 Western Isles Transport Preservation Group
Dedicated to recording and preserving the rich and fascinating transport history of the Western Isles of Scotland.

 

Websites of Interest

1  Lews Castle Stornoway

2   Lewis Pipe Band
Stornoway is home of the Lewis Pipe Band.

3  An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Western Isles – a beacon for the Arts in the Highlands and Islands.

4 Visit Outer Hebrides on these pages you can find a complete guide to Hebrides tourism including accommodation, places to visit, food and drink, activities, information and events

5 Hebridean Connections
Here you will find over 40,000 records relating to the genealogy, history, traditions, culture and archaeology of the Western Isles, an island community off the west coast of Scotland.

Hebrides People
Emigration Database which details tens of thousands of records of families that left the islands is now available for searching and retrieval.

7 The Islands Book Trust Based on Lewis, we aim to further understanding of the history of Scottish islands in their wider Celtic and Nordic contexts.

8 Stornoway Gazette
Reporting news and events from the islands.

9 Stornoway Port Authority
The Port of Stornoway offers a range of facilities unmatched in the northwest of Scotland.

10 Stornoway Regeneration
Creating Communities of the Future setting out an economic development strategy for the Outer Hebrides.

11  Stornoway Amenity Trust (Facebook Page)
The Stornoway Amenity Trust has undertaken a wide range of improvements in the townscape since the early 1990’s.

12 The Sinking of HMY Iolaire
Dedicated to the victims of the Iolaire Disaster, which occurred in the early hours of 1 January 1919.

13 Museum nan Eilean
The museum holds collections of objects, photographs, prints and paintings and archives illustrating the archaeology, social, domestic and economic history of the islands.

14 The Made-Up History of Stornoway
Amusing web blog by Iain Watson

15 The Sy Cove (Facebook Page)
Stornoway Characters, photos and news. Past and present.

16 Ui Church
St Columba’s (or Ui) Church is a 14th Century ruin sitting within its own Cemetery and located on a sandy isthmus near the main town of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides.