Alex was joined by local school pupils for his walk into Stornoway

RNLI walker Alex Ellis-Roswell was delighted to be escorted into Stornoway on Saturday (January 21st) by local youngsters from Laxdale School.

Alex has been in the Western Isles since New Year, and arrived in Stornoway having walked up from Barra, through the Uists and Benbecula, Harris, the Westside, up to Ness and then down through Tolsta.

“The reception in the Western Isles has been amazing,” said Alex. “On the walk from Tolsta into Stornoway so many people came out to greet me and say hello, it was overwhelming support.

“And the kids were great. They met me at Laxdale School and walked a couple of miles to Stornoway RNLI station with me; they were so enthusiastic.”

Alex met with Ronnie, Isabel and Eilidh Scott of Islander Shellfish, along with cameraman Mike Skelly, sailor Angus Smith, Comhairle councillors Charlie Nicolson and Iain Mackenzie, and Stornoway police officers

Alex left his home in Margate, Kent, on August 3rd, 2014 to walk 9,500 miles around the coastlines of Britain and Ireland to raise funds for the RNLI.

Over two years later and he has completed 6,000 miles and raised over £30,000.

And his RNLI fundraising bucket from the Harris and Lewis leg – donated to Stornoway RNLI – was a record breaker, totalling £2,773.

Alex will be on the road again later this week as he walks back down the islands to Barra, then onto Oban to keep on walking.

If you wish to donate online Alex’s epic 9,500 mile walk, visit

And you can keep up to date with Alex’s Hebridean adventure on Twitter at 

Alex with members of the Stornoway Lifeboat Ladies Guild (above) and volunteer crew and Stornoway Chair John J Maclennan (below)