Lews Castle tops contest
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.