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Perched on an ancient incline, with unbeatable views over the inky blue waters of Stornoway (keep your eyes peeled for the seals bobbing amongst the gentle waves!), this inspiring, gothic-revival style castle hails from the mid-1800’s. Commissioned by Sir James Matheson, its historic walls have harboured nobility, WW2 hospital patients, college students and school children, but now, after a dedicated restoration, has opened its doors to visitors from across the globe to enjoy and explore through a range of self catering apartments.
As part of the grand revival, the upper floors of Lews Castle are now home to a warren of palatial self-catering apartments and contemporary suites, each unique in character and offering a luxurious stay amongst the turrets and towers. Offering sweeping views of Stornoway harbour, sumptuous décor, authentic island details (think Harris Tweed and Hebridean prints) and exceptional bathrooms, there is nowhere finer to rest your head during your escape to the Outer Hebrides.
On the ground floor, wander the star-lined corridors, delicately restored ballroom, peaceful family room and opulent whisky bar, before tucking into deliciously, handcrafted island dishes in our popular Storehouse Café. Opening times during the main season from April 1st are 10am till 4pm Monday to Sunday with reduced seasonal opening hours in the Winter -closed Monday to Wednesday, and open Thursday – Sunday 10am till 3pm.
Looking for advice on how to plan your route to the Outer Hebrides? Explore our Lews Castle Route Planner here.
Perfectly suited for celebrations, Lews Castle offers an extensive collection of wedding packages, corporate events and other professionally catered gatherings, allowing guests to experience true Island hospitality in an unforgettable setting.
A striking silhouette on the Stornoway skyline, Lews Castle is perfectly placed to access the wild beauty of the rest of the Outer Hebrides. From splashing in the turquoise waters of Luskentyre and absorbing the ancient history of the Callanaish Stones, to sipping whisky drams on a distillery tour and diving for succulent seafood, there is so much to love about the UK’s breath-taking islands.
*Please note that unfortunately we cannot accept pets in any of the ground-floor public rooms. For further information on which of our self-catering apartments welcome pets, please contact our Concierge Team via 01625 416430.
Spectacular events venue & luxury accommodation on the Isle of Lewis
Found on the second floor of Lews Castle, Airinis is a beautiful self-catering apartment with views over Stornoway harbour.
Featuring the original 'Matheson Safe' from the 1800's, alongside other intricate, original features, this deluxe, 3-bedroom apartment is found on the first floor of the castle.
Comfortable and contemporary standard, en-suite bedroom with limited views - located on the second floor. Please note this accommodation has no kitchen facilities.
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Events at Lews Castle
Bespoke Events at Lews Castle
Lews Castle boasts an incredibly unique setting, plenty of outdoor space which is available for team-building events and an iconic building that has been sensitively and carefully restored.
A selection of the team-building activities that our team can arrange on your behalf include; segway trails, mountain biking, walking tours, sailing, private castle tours, whisky tasting and many other adventures that work closely with local suppliers. We can also provide unique evening entertainment on request. For more information on our bespoke itineraries or inspiration for your corporate event, please contact our Events Specialist.
If you would like to discuss an inspiring corporate event, our expert Events Specialist, is available to share their experience, knowledge and recommendations to tailor-make your event. Contact us now to talk about your requirements.
Seasonal Events at Lews Castle
With spectacular ground-floor public rooms, atmospheric surroundings and a dedicated Events team, Lews Castle is proud to host an incredible line-up of events throughout the year.
From grand soirees in the chandelier-lit ballroom, to intimate tasting evenings and musical extravaganzas, there is a celebration for all to enjoy and a variety of ways to become part of the castle's rich history.
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Your unforgettable moment, our unforgettable setting
Steeped in history, the iconic Lews Castle has been a centre of activity and intrigue since the early 19th century. Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive gothic revival style castle was built in the mid 1800’s by Sir James Matheson, a rich merchant who also developed the surrounding area into picturesque woodlands. Since then this beautiful building has also served as a hospital during the Second World War, a college and a school and now as an iconic wedding venue and luxurious holiday destination with Together Travel.
Voted the #1 European Island to visit by TripAdvisor in 2014, it’s not difficult to see why the Isle of Lewis consistently receives so much acclaim. From beaches and crystal clear waters that rival the most beautiful islands, to its rich history and stunning scenery, this remote and utterly spectacular destination in the Outer Hebrides is the perfect venue for wedding celebrations and wonderful memories.
We want to ensure that every part of your wedding with us is tailored to you, helping build a perfect experience and lifelong memories that stay with you forever. We off er a range of catering options to suit all tastes and budgets and are here to help with any additional requirements – from recommending local suppliers to our own top tips, your wish is our command!
Our spacious rooms in Lews Castle off er the perfect place for both ceremonies and receptions. Filled with natural light, the venue is rich in culture and history with grandeur perfectly suited to such a special occasion. There are a choice of three rooms to suit your party size and the entire space is also available for hire.
Our Wedding Specialist is available to share their experience, knowledge and recommendations to tailor-make your dream wedding day and honeymoon. Contact us now to talk about your requirements.
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