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Car Hire from Stornoway Airport

Car Hire at Stornoway Airport

This information is correct as of June 2015

Explore Lewis and the Outer Hebrides the easy way: hire a car at Stornoway Airport. There’s rugged scenery to admire, historic sites to explore, and plenty of fantastic beaches where you can throw caution to the wind and indulge in a bit of kite surfing. With your own rental car you can see more, do more, and really make the most out of your trip.

Where to hire a car at Stornoway Airport

You’ll find the car hire desk inside the airport building, just beside the baggage carousel. Car rental at Stornoway Airport is provided by Carhire Hebrides.

Petrol stations near Stornoway Airport

Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.

Sandwick Road filling station, on the outskirts of Stornoway town, is the best place to fill up before driving to the airport. There are two other petrol stations inside the town.

Driving around Stornoway Airport

You don’t need to worry about busy six lane motorways. Lewis’s roads are small and slow paced. Once you leave the airport you’ll find yourself on the A866, which is a two lane road. The A866 takes you into Stornoway where you can reach the A857 (south to north) and the A858 (west to east).

Getting to your destination


The largest town in the Outer Hebrides, Stornoway makes an ideal base for exploring Lewis. The town has plenty of shops and amenities, as well as museums, art galleries, and historic buildings.

It takes less than ten minutes to drive into the centre of Stornoway from the airport. If you’re going to base yourself there, look for hotels in Stornoway with car parking. You’re unlikely to run into any trouble finding somewhere to leave your vehicle for a few hours. The car parks at Kennedy Terrace, Bain Square, and Tesco on Ferry Road are all free although time restrictions do apply.


The fishing village of Ness sits right on the northern tip of Lewis. As well as its beautiful beach the town is also known for its strong Gaelic culture. Take time to visit the local art galleries and craft shops dotted throughout the parish.

It takes about 55 minutes to drive to Ness from Stornoway Airport. Parking is widely available in the area, as it’s quite rural. Most of the hotels, B&Bs, and other forms of accommodation in Ness offer free car parking but it’s worth confirming this before you make your booking.

North Tolsta

The area around North Tolsta has some of the best beaches on Lewis, as well as one of the finest walking trails: the Western Isles Walk.

It takes just over half an hour to drive to North Tolsta from the airport. The area is quite rural with very few parking restrictions so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding somewhere to leave your car. There are car parks beside the beaches, too.

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