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Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Stornoway Abattoir


Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar owns the Stornoway Abattoir.  The Abattoir is a fully equipped, modern abattoir, which holds a full licence for trading and meets the required European Standards. Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar substantially refurbished these premises in 1993 and since that time has improved and maintained the facility to a high standard. 

The service this facility provides is a significant element of the crofting/agricultural sector in the Western Isles although due to the low throughput the plant is only open six months of the year.


The abattoir is based at the junction of Rigs Road and Island Road in Stornoway and the building is easily accessible with three double gates, giving all round vehicular access. Parking is also available by the front entrance.

Opening / Bookings

The Stornoway Abattoir will open for the 2017 season on Monday the 4th September 2017

Bookings can be made from Monday the 14th August 2017 by telephoning the Abattoir on 706733

Last day for bookings will be as follows:
Cattle: 12 Dec 17
Pigs: 19 Dec 17
Sheep: 20 Dec 17

Abattoir will close on 28 December 2017

Charges For 2017/2018 Season

Abattoir Charges
Category Slaughter Only QMS Levy 20% VAT on QMS Levy Slaughter Inc. QMS Basic Butchery * Vacuum Packaging
Sheep under 12 months £19.30 £0.80 £0.16 £20.26 £6.12 £13.00
Sheep over 12 months £20.76 £0.80 £0.16 £21.72 £6.12 £14.55
Cattle (NR) £81.38 £5.50 £1.10 £87.98 N/A N/A
Cattle (CR) £120.72 £5.50 £1.10 £127.32 N/A N/A
Pigs under 75kg £39.10 £1.26 £0.25 £40.61 N/A N/A
Pigs over 75kg £68.63 £1.26 £0.25 £70.14 N/A N/A
Goats £19.30 £0.00 £0.00 £19.30 £6.12 £13.00


* Waxed cardboard boxes £1.75 each