Access and Opening Hours

We are based in a purpose-built archive facility at Lews Castle, Stornoway which opened in 2016.

The archive is open by appointment.

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.

You will be asked to:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before entering the archive reading room
  • Remain in the seat allocated for your research visit
  • Bring your own pencil and any other equipment you need

The wearing of face coverings is no longer mandatory.

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.