Access and Opening Hours

We are based in the new archive facility at Lews Castle, Stornoway.

Access to the archives is by appointment Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm.

Researchers will be asked to complete a registration form on the first visit and produce one form of photographic identification (e.g. Driving Licence, University Student Card or CnES Travel Card).

You are strongly advised to contact us well in advance of a visit so that we can identify relevant material beforehand, and to ensure that a space is reserved for you in the Reading Room.

If you are unable to visit in person, you can email us your enquiry at or get in touch through our Enquiries & Contacts page.

Please note that researchers will be expected to comply with our Reading Room Regulations (35.4kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file) when consulting original archive material.