We appreciate all clubs who make the effort to come and play competitive fixtures in Lewis. The following will hopefully help your planning for you trip.
Please contact the club on 07747161481 in the first instance to discuss the possible options.
Lewis can be reached by both the Ullapool-Stornoway Ferry and also the Uig-Tarbert Ferry – The Uig Tarbert Ferry allows clubs to make the journey in one day when the summer timetable is in operation.
Caledonian MacBrayne‘s booking hotline is 0800 066 5000. A quick look at Calmac’s website will give you the timings of sailings, but from the middle of May the boat sails at 0940, you need to be onboard by 0930 if you are a foot passenger.
Our club fundraises tirelessly to secure the use of a minibus, and training for drivers, to help ferry people to and from the pitch at Shawbost which is 20 miles from Stornoway, and 50 from Tarbert – there will be a cover charge for this to help our fuel and hire costs – at present this is £5 per head. With the associated costs of fuel, hire and training volunteer drivers, we appreciate this contribution which goes some way to alleviating the costs. (Lewis has some of the highest fuel prices in Europe.)
If you travel via the Uig-Tarbert ferry and wish to organise your own transport, we can also recommend South Harris Coaches so that you need only travel as foot passengers. They are based in Leverburgh and can be contacted on 01859 520392.
There is also the service bus from Tarbert to Stornoway. Clubs have also taken their own minibus over as well.
The Caladh Inn in Stornoway is a favoured destination of clubs such as Lochbroom.
Of course, if you wish to enjoy the finest in Hebridean hospitality and have an over night stay, try the Heb Hostel in Stornoway. It has been used by Lochcarron and Kinlochbervie on previous trips and is a fantastic place. More a B&B than a hostel, although hey are reticent to take large groups.
Other budget options include the Laxdale Bunkhouse and the attached campsite.
We are dependent on the good behaviour of visiting teams for the continued use of these facilities. Camanachd Leòdhais takes no responsibilty for the conduct of visiting teams but we are sure you can understand with shinty as a developing sport in the Western Isles, the image presented by visiting clubs, which is almost entirely positive in our experience, assists greatly in helpng develop the sport in the Islands.
We hope this page has given you some advice that will be useful.
Again, everyone at Camanachd Leodhais will make every effort to ensure that your visit is as enjoyable as possible (apart from the result).
Please remember when considering the cost of coming to play us that we have to do the exact same thing 10 times a season instead of just once.
We look forward to playing you in Lewis!