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Lews Cas­tle on the Isle of Lewis made it through to the fi­nal of the Great Bri­tish Build­ings Restora­tion of the Year, a com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by the Royal In­sti­tu­tion of Char­tered Sur­vey­ors and fea­tured on Chan­nel 4. Lews Cas­tle was named joint win­ner of the Vic­to­rian cat­e­gory with Mount Stewart in North­ern Ire­land. The cas­tle had fallen into dis­re­pair and sat empty for decades un­til its re-birth as an in­no­va­tive her­itage and hospi­tal­ity des­ti­na­tion. As well as be­ing home to the re­cently opened Mu­seum nan Eilean, where six of the world fa­mous 12th cen­tury ivory Lewis Chess­men from the Bri­tish Mu­seum col­lec­tion are now on per­ma­nent dis­play, the cas­tle has re­stored rooms which can be hired for wed­dings and events as well as lux­ury hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. www.lews-cas­

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