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Stornoway Port Authority (SPA) are banking on a post-Covid summer season, with news today (Wednesday 3 March) of a festival celebrating the opening of the new marina in the Newton basin.

The harbour open day is planned for Saturday 28 August, and will stretch across the Cromwell Street quay and the Newton marina.

The newly-completed Newton marina is a major part of SPA’s masterplan, which also includes the proposed deep-water port across the harbour at Arnish.

The marina is described as: “a strategically important local regeneration project at the vanguard of this plan, which will significantly boost regional marine tourism.”

The port's statement says: “SPA wish to mark the formal opening of the marina with a festival celebrating the long and important history of the port, from Viking settlement to the island gateway it is today. 

“The Stornoway Port Authority, supported by Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Water 20/21, would like to celebrate the opening of our new marina by holding a harbour open day, an event which will have broad appeal for local community and tourist visitors alike.

“For one day, visitors will browse and stroll around the harbour and our newly-constructed Newton marina, with fresh coffee and a taste of local cuisine, in the wonderfully beautiful and bustling setting of Stornoway harbour.

“Stornoway marina and Newton marina will be open to all visitors who wish to have a closer look at the boats and yachts docked in the harbour.”

There’s a call now for retailers, artists and entertainers who would like to trade or promote their products at the event, with participation and registration completely free. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.