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Stornoway Airport Guide


Stornoway Airport is situated on the east coast of the beautiful island of Lewis, north east Scotland. The town of Stornoway is only a short 7 minute drive from the airport. Flights operate to Stornoway Airport from both Glasgow and Inverness. The island provides services to Barra (southern tip of Uist Island) and Benbecula (south) in the Outer Hebrides. The HM Coastguard also operate their helicopters from Stornoway Airport. Reserve car hire at Stornoway Airport in advance of travel using our simple to use comparison search engine.

Airport Facilities

There are direct flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Benbecula, and Inverness. The terminal is becoming increasingly busy due to oil exploration aircraft traffic. Onward air links to London and a variety of European and trans-Atlantic destinations are available through the three mainland airports, so swift transit to London and other European centres is facilitated.

Stornoway Airport only receives approximately 100,000 passengers a year, which is the reason why there are limited facilities for travellers. Small airports in Scotland are essential to serving local needs, such as critical journeys to hospital and to also carry post and other essential goods, especially in remote regions. The airport also provides recreational and leisure flying lessons.

As the airport itself doesn't afford any financial services, passengers are advised to refer to banks in the village, before arriving at the airport. The recently redeveloped terminal provides a shop offering basic newsagent supplies and snacks. While further refreshment is offered by a small cafe located in the terminal.

There are no business facilities at the airport, as it is still a small and limited facility. However, it does have necessary disabled facilities throughout, including ramps, wide doorways and disabled toilet facilities.

Once you have arrived at the airport terminal, you will find both long and short term car parking facilities.

For further information, refer to the information and orientation desk located in the terminal.


By train
Currently there is no train service to the airport.

By bus
A bus service is available. This hourly bus service (run by Melbost bus) leaves from the Airport to Stornoway town centre, with timetable information available by calling + 44 01851 704327.

By taxi
Taxis are available from outside the airport and run to and from the town, with journeys to the port, just 4 miles away, also possible.

By car
You may reach the airport by car, it is situated approximately three miles to the east of Stornoway town centre and is clearly sign-posted from the A866.

Car hire
To book car hire at Stornoway Airport ready for your arrival travellers must prebook online in advance as car rental facilities at the airport are limited and expensive. We offer a large selection of cars and added extras, and the supplier you purchase from will have your car in the car park at the airport awaiting your arrival.

The scenery around this part of Scotland is stunning so opting for car hire at Stornoway Airport is a great choice as travellers obtain the freedom to see the sights and all at their own pace.

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In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car.

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