Stornoway Port Authority will shortly allocate a limited number of marina berths for the period 1 November 2015 to 30 April 2016.

Owners of non-commercial vessels up to a length of 24 metres requesting a berth should apply in writing by 1700 on Tuesday 15 September 2015 to Stornoway Port Authority, Amity House, Esplanade Quay, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vessels wishing to be allocated a stance on Cromwell Street Quay Temporary Hard Standing for this period, should also apply in writing to Stornoway Port Authority with full information on boat length, beam and storage arrangements.

 A J Morrison

Harbour Master

Commun Eachdraidh Nis has been shortlisted in the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund for the installation of a 10 kW (40 panel) solar PV system. To vote for them, click here, and vote before September 30th.

Moving towards solar energy would hugely benefit CEN by considerably reducing their running costs, and allowing them to reduce their carbon footprint by approximately 3.75 tonnes per annum.

The Comunn Eachdraidh has to raise £740 per month just to cover the cost of electricity. That level of expenditure cannot be sustained long-term, and they have already carried out improvements in an attempt to lower overheads.

Major insulation work has been carried out, and a new heating system is being installed at the moment. CEN is now one of the main employers in the area with eight people currently on the payroll.  It would be great if they could save money on electricity, and invest in creating further employment opportunities and developing the services of CEN, but they need your help! 

This is a regional competition, decided by public vote. Support CEN's project by voting online at:

Voting closes on the 30th of September 2015.


The Skye Book Festival reopens its programme in early September to another series of events presenting chapters in the lives of internationally famous authors alongside local writers, artists and storytellers – including Donald S Murray from Lewis.
This year’s Festival (Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th September 2015) welcomes Val McDermid who is one of the biggest names in crime writing. Val will talk about her latest book Splinter The Silence her most gripping, chilling, suspenseful novel yet, featuring two of the most distinctive and unforgettable characters in crime fiction: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan.

Read more: Fèis Leabhraichean an Eilein/Skye Book Festival