The £5.5 million Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration Project is a partnership initiative by the Stornoway Trust, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Stornoway Council), the National Lottery and Historic Environment Scotland, setting out to restore the grounds and the exterior of the venue to it's former glory. This wide-scale project has been bought to life to update and improve the spectacular land that surround the castle, ensuring guests, visitors and locals alike have access to new recreational activities, inspiring gardens and an unforgettable experience.
Whilst the works are being managed sensitively (outside of Together Travel's control), they may have a slight impact on guest experience, which we have taken the time to outline below. For Events & Weddings taking place at Lews Castle, our team will be able to advise the best locations for external photography, with the assurance that any works taking place will be put on pause for the duration of the celebration.
For further information on any of the works listed, please get in touch with the Lews Castle team via 01851 281111.
The Castle Front
The stone dyke wall found outside the Shoeburn, Portrona, Matheson and Airinis apartments is being sensitively restored by hand using traditional methods, and therefore is not causing undue noise disruption. The surrounding area is fenced off, to ensure an enjoyable guest experience when exploring the gardens leading down to the water front.
The Castle Culverts (Drains)
To the side of the castle, adjacent to the British Museum and the Lews Castle Kitchen, work will be undertaken to install new culverts. This project will involve the excavation of the grass and subsequent laying of new pipes. Whilst this work will not be visible from any guest accommodation, there may be some slight noise disruption from the machinery. (Anticipated to take place between 8am-3pm, Monday-Friday).
The Castle Bridge & Entrance
Upgrading work is also being undertaken by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar at the Castle entrance, where the bridge leads from the main road up onto the main entrance route. Whilst we expect most guests to be out exploring the beauty of the island during the day (and therefore to miss the works), for those staying local to Stornoway during the day, there may be some slight disruption.