HebCelt customer Iain Maclean is seen today (Monday June 25th) picking up his tickets from the newly-opened HebCelt shop in Stornoway town centre.

The countdown to this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival is now well under way with the opening of the festival’s pop-up shop in Francis Street.

The event’s HQ for the next three weeks is the premises of the former Stornoway Gazette card and gift shop opposite An Lanntair Arts Centre, and across the road from the County Hotel.

Festival-goers  can book and collect tickets and to buy merchandise for the multi award-winning festival.

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and during festival week, the hours will be extended to 10am-6pm with late opening until 8pm on Wednesday 19th July.

Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “The opening of the festival shop signals the real start of the build up to HebCelt.

"It gives us a focal point in the town centre and gets people talking about the event.”

HebCelt 2018 runs from 18-21 July and will be headlined by Deacon Blue, The Fratellis, Eddi Reader, Roddy Woomble and Skipinnish.

Tickets for HebCelt are available from the shop or the festival website. See www.hebceltfest.com