The oasis on the outskirts of Scotland
Another Scottish military airfield that received a second life after the end of the Cold War.
Stornoway was built in 1937 on the Isle of Lewis, in the northwestern part of Scotland. Before being transferred to civilian use in 1998, it served as a base for the Royal Air Force, NATO, and as a home for the classified "122 Signals Unit".
Modern Stornoway is a fairly busy regional airport, and one of the ten main Coastguard bases in the United Kingdom. It sees about a dozen passenger flights per day, operated by Loganair's Saabs and Embraers. Destinations include Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness, and London Southend.
Heavy crosswinds, harsh climate and rugged charm make flying to Stornoway a challenging but rewarding experience.