UHI outer Hebrides campus




Our main campus can be found in the heart of the stunning Lews Castle Ground in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. The beautiful grounds overlook the harbour and are perfect for walks, outdoor studies or relaxing between classes. Our extensive campus facilities include everything you’ll need to enjoy your time here.  Whether you’re enjoying the atmosphere in our buzzing student cafe, reading in our well-stocked library or taking advantage of our dedicated study areas, there’s always a place where you’ll feel at home. We also have our very own hairdressing salon and student social areas.

Lews Castle itself is open to the public and is home to the bilingual Museum nan Eilean, where you can explore the rich island history. The castle formerly housed college students, but after an extensive renovation, has been turned into self-catering accommodation and has a cafe area. It’s also a perfect base to enjoy Stornoway’s vibrant nightlife and immerse yourself in the local culture. Stornoway is home to the world-famous Hebridean Celtic Festival, proudly sponsored by the college. The festival, held each year in July, always includes a performance from our Music alumni.  

Contact us

UHI Outer hebrides
Isle of Lewis
Outer Hebrides

t: +44 (0) 1851 770 000


Make studying easy with the help of our extensive range of facilities. The Stornoway campus is home to our :

  • Library
  • Hair salon
  • Cafeteria
  • Student social area, with LCD TV and snacks  

You’ll also find our main admin and student support teams, who will assist you with any enquiries you might have.  The student services team will provide you with guidance on any issues you might have.  Our team is here to help support you with finances, counselling, e-counselling, mental health support and all aspects of student life.


As well as its picturesque setting, the campus is conveniently located close to facilities such as sports centres, swimming pools, libraries and arts centres where you can relax, unwind and keep fit.  You’ll have easy access to a wide range of outdoor sports, including mountain biking in the castle grounds’ trails.  You’re also never too far from a beautiful beach - perfect for catching the surf!  Dance, fitness and wellbeing studio, Sandwickhill Studios, is conveniently located close to the campus - and is a welcoming space to unwind, exercise and make new friends.  For more information on available facilities, visit the Isle of Lewis Sports Centre can be found here.

Creativity hub and arts centre, An Lanntair, is the perfect place to enjoy new exhibitions, see a film or enjoy a meal overlooking the harbour.  Find out more about what the arts centre has to offer here.

In addition to the on-campus library, you can visit Stornoway Library on Cromwell Street.  Browse through the selection or connect and collect online.  Please note: the library is closed on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  


Bayhead Bridge Centre is located next door and provides our students with modern, well-equipped accommodation. The Bayhead Bridge Centre is a 5-minute walk away from the centre of Stornoway, giving you access to all the town has to offer. The Centre is equipped with its own, self-service laundrette and hot showers available to everyone. Our team will also support you in finding accommodation and our dedicated information page can be found here.


Stornoway benefits from its own airport, operating flights to and from Benbecula, Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  

The island can also be reached via ferry. CalMac operates a ferry from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway, with a journey time of 2 hours and 45 minutes.  Alternatively, you can head across the Skye Bridge, catch the ferry to Harris and drive north. Information on ferry timetables can be found here.

For information on getting around Stornoway by bus, you can view the bus timetables here.  Cars can be hired at Car Hire Hebrides.