Many folk enjoy taking vacations with a difference and more travelers are finding common seaside vacations rather tedious. The challenge to discover is ever increasing and vacation planners are incessantly searching for new vacation destinations or which feature something unusual. Below I introduce the small town of Stornoway on the remote Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles of Scotland and describe the factors which help make this such an excellent vacation destination. The Island Of Lewis Lewis, together with Harris, is the largest island in the western Isles/Outer Hebrides. The islands is found far from the west coast of Scotland a little further out from Skye, requiring a ferry journey or flight to travel there. Because of the remoteness it has only been during the last few decades that folk are able to access to the islands for a vacation, prior to this it was only those with enormous funds who could afford the trip. The only other option to visit the Western Isles was to arrive on business. The Town Of Stornoway At one time in the past the town of stornoway was an extremely busy fishing port. The main quarry of the multitude of fishing boats was herring and throughout the season the town's population grew from around five or six thousand to over thirty thousand. An astounding amount of Stornoway Hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest houses were built to satisfy the demands for accommodation the enormous influx of temporary workers created. Nowadays the town's population stays at a little more than six thousand (not including visitors). Sadly the herring industry fell into a dramatic decline after WWI with the collapse of the Russian and German markets. Stornoway still retains a small fishing fleet however few buildings from that time remain and Stornoway suffered a great loss of character during the 1970's when it was extensively redeveloped. Recently the local council has sympathetically enhanced the town installing several sculptures on the herring industry theme as well as also adding fountains and flower beds. New buildings are also much prettier, for example An Lanntair, the local arts centre. Even though there are much less Stornoway hotels in existence, just the Royal Hotel dates back to the heyday of the Herring industry, there remains a large number of Stornoway bed and breakfasts, as well as hostels, guest houses and inns. You will even find a camping and caravan park on the outskirts of the town centre. If you are considering a vacation in the Outer Hebrides/Western Isles of Scotland please take a look at our comprehensive list of hotels in Stornoway.