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First Minister Visits The Isle Of Lewis

Nicola Sturgeon had a busy schedule yesterday on her first visit to Lewis in her capacity as First Minister of Scotand. One of her main tasks was to officially open the new £19.5 million Lews Castle Museum and Archive, in Stornoway.

The new Museum nan Eilean building forms part of the massive restoration project involving the iconic Lews Castle, originally built in the middle of the nineteenth century for Sir James Matheson, who had used some of his wealth from the Chinese opium trade to purchase the island of Lewis. The development will also involve a hotel, which will be fully operational in the near future.

These new facilities are expected to prove a massive draw for visitors to the island, not least because of the Museum nan Eilean's partnership with the British Museum, which enables them to have six pieces from the world-famous Lewis Chessmen displayed as a centrepiece in the main gallery. These facinating chess figures were discovered on Uig Beach, on the west coast of Lewis in 1830.

Update On Ferry Service Disruption 20 April - 18 May 2015

Just a matter of days now until the normal car ferry route from Stornoway to Ullapool is resumed, following four weeks of work at Ullapool pier, updating the linkspan. Islanders and visitors, alike, will welcome the resumption of normal services provided by the new Caledonian Macbrayne ferry, MV Loch Seaforth. The temporary car ferry service between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye, provided by its predecessor the MV Isle of Lewis over the past four weeks, has been anything but an unqualified success. Over the past few years, the MV Isle of Lewis has had a poor record on the Stornoway - Ullapool route, and this unreliability, together with a spell of bad weather, has resulted in the cancellation of a number of sailings. These cancellations, along with other factors, such as the longer sea journey and the long tortuous car journey across Skye, has undoubtedly had an adverse effect on the Lewis economy, particularly the tourism sector. Hopefully, we will now be able to look forward to a successful summer season for Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast and all other bed and breakfast establishments throughout the Outer Hebrides.

Holiday Season Gets Under Way

Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast, in common with other such establishments on the Isle of Lewis and throughout the Western Isles, is now experiencing a heavy volume of accommodation enquiries and bookings for the 2015 summer season. The springtime always seems to be popular for cycling holidays, in the Western Isles, and this year is no different. On a journey from Ness to Stornoway you meet countless cyclists, many of whom are covering all of the Western Isles, starting from Barra and journeying all the way to the Butt of Lewis, the northernmost point. We live in hope that, this summer, the weather will be kind to all visitors who wish to share the magic of our beautiful island.

Ferry Service Disruption 20 April - 18 May 2015

All visitors intending to travel by ferry to the Western Isles, and the Isle of Lewis in particular, during the next 3-4 weeks require to keep a close eye on the Calmac website and ensure that they book early for their travel tickets. Due to essential work being carried out to the Ullapool linkspan, all ferry sailings to and from Stornoway will carry foot passengers only throughout the period 20th April to 18th May 2015. A temporary programme of sailings has been arranged, for this period, to cater for vehicular traffic and these will run between Stornoway and Uig, Isle of Skye. As there may be some variations to the times of sailings, it is imperative that travellers closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. It is also worth noting that any foot passengers wishing to travel on the temporary Stornoway - Uig route will need to be aware that the bus timetables may not coincide with ferry sailing times.

More Accolades For HebCelt

Hebridean Celtic Festival has, for an incredible fifth consecutive year, made the top 10 UK Summer Festivals compiled by the influential world music publication Songlines. Once again, it is the only Scottish festival to feature and it places HebCelt alongside such world renowned names as Glastonbury and the Cambridge Folk Festival. This latest honour followed fast on the heels of HebCelt being named Best Event or Festival in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, in November 2014.

This year's event will be held in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis from 15-18 July and is expected to attract a multi-national audience of some 15,000, over the four days of the event.

Scottish Island Ferry Free Ticket Giveaway

Have you ever harboured a wish to discover the magic of the beautiful Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides, Shetland or Orkney? Well, here's your chance! Following the overwhelming success of a similar initiative in 2014, VisitScotland has again teamed up with ferry operators Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac) and Serco NorthLink Ferries in a campaign to give away 8000 free tickets.

Weekly draws on the 16th, 23rd and 30th of March 2014 will result in 4000 lucky winners each receiving two return, foot passenger, tickets to their selected island destination. Full details can be obtained at http://www.visitscotland.com/win/brilliantislandmoments15/. There's no time to lose, however, so don't delay - act today.

Good luck!

New Stornoway Ferry

It has recently been announced that the new Stornoway ferry, MV Loch Seaforth, currently under constuction in a German shipyard will take over the Stornoway - Ullapool ferry route on 8th September 2014. The new ship is larger than the MV Isle of Lewis, which it will replace, with a capacity for 140 cars compared with the 120 that the MV Isle of Lewis can accommodate. Initially, the MV Loch Seaforth will follow the existing winter timetable but it is to be hoped that there will be extra sailings in the summer of 2015. That timetable is currently the subject of considerable debate involving the operators, Calmac, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, politicians, the Ferry Users Group and the Outer Hebrides Tourism Industry Association (OHTIA). Details of existing sailings on all their routes can be obtained on the Calmac website www.calmac.co.uk

Free Ferry Tickets To The Scottish Islands

To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2014, 8000 free ferry tickets are being given away for Scottish Island destinations such as the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland. VisitScotland, Caledonian MacBrayne and Serco Northlink Ferries have come together in partnership for the free ferry ticket scheme, to encourage people to travel to the Scottish Islands and experience, for themselves, their great natural beauty and many other attractions.

The ticket giveaway will take place through weekly ballots during the month of March. Entries open tomorrow, Saturday, 1st March, and can be made through www.visitscotland.com/brilliantislands. What a wonderful opportunity to win a free trip to the beautiful Outer Hebrides!

Lewis And Harris Named As Europe’s Top Island By TripAdvisor


Of course, we have known it all along, but now it’s official! According to TripAdvisor, Lewis and Harris is Europe’s top island and – wait for it – number five in the whole world, behind exotic locations in Belize, Turks and Caicos, French Polynesia and Florida. Looking at the list of the world’s top ten islands, Lewis and Harris is the only one that doesn’t enjoy wall-to-wall sunshine. With a more favourable climate, perhaps we could have seen off all challengers. Still, they say that nobody comes to the Western Isles for the weather.

This recognition has to be seen as a massive boost to tourism in the Outer Hebrides as it will, hopefully, encourage more people to visit our wonderful islands. In fact, the Scottish islands have featured prominently in the TripAdvisor lists, with the Orkney Islands placed fourth and the Isle of Mull ninth, in Europe. These three islands are joined in the UK list by Skye, Arran and Islay, who placed fifth, sixth and eighth respectively. All-in-all, a much-deserved acknowledgement of the attractions of the Scottish islands, in general, and Lewis and Harris, in particular.

At Cabuzana Bed and Breakfast, we go the extra mile to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for visitors to the Ness area of Lewis, thereby doing our bit to ensure that Lewis and Harris continue to feature at the top of TripAdvisor’s list in future years.
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