Lews Castle


museum-nan-eilean-and-lewsOverlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive Lews Castle (not Lewis Castle) was built in the mid 1800’s by a rich merchant called Sir James Matheson of the Jardine Matheson company. Sir James bought the island of Lewis in 1844, developed this wonderful woodland area and built his mock Tudor castle.

Lord Leverhume bought the building, complete with the island, in 1918, and in 1923 gave it back to the people of Lewis.

The castle has been used since as a hospital in the Second World War, and also as a college and school, before being deemed unsafe. No public entry.