Lews Castle

A wide range of organisations and individuals care for the historic environment across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Organisation: Lews Castle and Heritage Lottery Fund
Project title: Lews Castle

Derelict for many years, Lews Castle has now been restored to its Victorian splendours and once again stands proudly above the town of Stornoway – gateway to the Western Isles. The ambitious project, funded by a £4.6million grant from HLF, has seen the exterior and ground floor of the castle returned to their former glory and an award-winning new extension created to house a state-of-the-art museum sharing the stories of life on the islands. Over 20 community heritage societies (Comainn Eachdraidh) from across the islands have come together to help interpret the way the story of the Outer Hebrides – the lifestyle, traditions, culture and language –  is celebrated and shared across the world. New jobs have also been created in the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Heritage Service and through the opening of a new shop and café.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? 10
Contact name:
Contact email: info@naturalretreats.co.uk
Relevant web links: https://www.lews-castle.co.uk/

Reviewed: September 2018