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A series of monthly guided walks are to be launched on Friday (13 May) as Western Isles Tour Guide Association seek to open up some of the sights of the town area for locals and visitors alike.

The two-hour guided walks will be on the second Friday of each month, taking in sights and re-telling stories connected with Stornoway’s town, harbour and castle.

Starting at the public seating in Perceval Square at 10.30am, the walks will follow the route along the harbour, to the Woodland Centre and towards Lews Castle, before returning to Perceval Square.

A spokesperson for WITGA said: “We will wander along both the outer and inner harbours where you can learn about the importance of the herring industry. The tour takes us to the foot of the hill of Lews Castle and you’ll find out about its rich and varied history.

“At the turning point some people may choose to extend their walk themselves instead of going back with the tour guide.”

Two Western Isles tour guides have completed inclusion in travel and tourism training from Inclusion Scotland and the walks are designed to be wheelchair friendly, although there are some hills, kerbs and narrow pavements in the route.

Walks will continue every second Friday of the month, including 10 June and 8 July, with a maximum group size of 12, although extra guides will be available in case of greater demand.

The charge for the walk is £10 per person, with no booking required, and walkers are asked to wear sensible shoes and waterproofs as the walks will go ahead in all weathers.