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Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, United Kingdom

Stornoway, perched on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, was etched onto history by Vikings in the 9th century. Yet, its Hebridean roots stretch back even further, as evidenced by standing stone circles and pottery shards dating back at least 5,000 years. The island is a living museum of times past, with traditional blackhouses, some remarkably used until the 1970s, and Lews Castle, a modern homage to Tudor architecture. Latta’s Mill, a rejuvenated 19th-century water mill, operates as an attraction, while fishing, farming, and Harris Tweed production remain central to life on Lewis.

Ancient Lewis & Blackhouse Village:
Embark from Stornoway to Callanish, often likened to Scotland's Stonehenge, dating back to 3000BC. The 32 stones form a captivating circular and avenue design, believed to have been erected for astronomical observations. Stop at Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, a defensive residence from the last century BC. Venture north to Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, a reconstructed settlement of traditional blackhouses with their thatched roofs, where people and animals once cohabited. Soak in the wild Atlantic coast's dramatic vistas as you conclude your circular tour.