Lews Cas­tle tops con­test

The Oban Times - - News -

LEWS Cas­tle has been named as a fi­nal­ist in Chan­nel 4’s Great Bri­tish Build­ings Restora­tion com­pe­ti­tion.

The Isle of Lewis cas­tle faced stiff com­pe­ti­tion but was crowned joint win­ner of the Vic­to­rian cat­e­gory with Mount Ste­wart in North­ern Ire­land.

The cas­tle had suf­fered the ef­fects of harsh He­bridean weather for decades but now stands proud again as an in­no­va­tive her­itage and hos­pi­tal­ity des­ti­na­tion.

The judges were blown away by the im­pres­sive restora­tion of the gothic re­vival- style cas­tle and said: ‘The build­ing had been empty for 40 years so find­ing a new use was go­ing to be a ma­jor achieve­ment. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has car­ried out a real full-blooded restora­tion.’

It is now home to Mu­seum nan Eilean, where six of the world fa­mous 12th- cen­tury ivory Lewis Chess­men from the Bri­tish Mu­seum col­lec­tion are now on dis­play.

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