RNLI shops, museums and the College will open as Government guidance allows. Lifeboat stations remain operational but are not open to visitors.

Stornoway lifeboat station

Stornoway Lifeboat Station

Stornoway Lifeboat Station on the Isle of Lewis was established in 1887. Since then, crews have been putting their lives on the line to rescue others, and have been presented with six RNLI medals for gallantry.
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Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Stornoway Lifeboat Station

6.15pm 20 September 2021
11.25pm 19 September 2021
11.15pm 19 September 2021
4.21am 30 August 2021
5.14pm 29 August 2021
12.29am 27 August 2021
8.49pm 19 August 2021
8.49pm 19 August 2021
12.43pm 19 August 2021
9.54am 9 July 2021
2.26am 7 July 2021
7.55pm 15 May 2021
7.38pm 1 April 2021
8.36am 27 March 2021
8.22am 26 January 2021
4.55pm 26 December 2020
10.48pm 18 December 2020
2.35am 12 December 2020
2.35am 12 December 2020
2.13am 12 December 2020

Today's weather

12°C Rain
Min: 9°C Max: 12°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Stornoway Lifeboat Station
Cromwell Street Quay
Isle of Lewis

Station phone number

01851 703339



Visiting times

10am–4pm weekdays
12pm–4pm Saturday

Visitor contact

Murdo Campbell

Visitor contact phone number

01851 703339
07760 203657

Shop hours

Thursday, Friday and Saturday


Mid November–December
Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Shop phone number

01851 704192

News and media from Stornoway Lifeboat Station

The volunteer crew at Stornoway, stand proud with their institution letter of thanks for a rescue back in 2018
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Stornoway volunteers recognised by the RNLI in prestigious internal award
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Stornoway Lifeboat tow fishing vessel with Leverburgh Lifeboat to the stern of the casualty vessel.
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Leverburgh RNLI Lifeboat aids grounded fishing vessel.
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14/12/2017 Stornoway and Leverburgh lifeboats along with Rescue 948 based at Stornoway were tasked to a small cargo vessel that had suffered machinery failure and was dragging its anchors toward Gasker Island off the west coast of Harris. Weather conditions were NW 10-11 with heavy sleet showers.  Leverburgh lifeboat was released from the scene at 0530 after the anchor had gripped and the situation had stabilised. Stornoway Lifeboat stood by until the arrival of an ETV from Kirkwall at 0900 15/12/2017. Stornoway lifeboat was released at 1005 and was alongside and refuelled and ready for service at 1505, 21 hours after launching.
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Stornoway Lifeboat standing by small cargo vessel
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Stornoway lifeboat assist sinking yacht
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