In the Picture Lews Castle

A £19.5m project, restoring an iconic castle to it's former glory as featured on Channel 4's Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year!

Lews Castle

Outer Hebrides

A flagship cultural and economic regeneration project undertaken in phases over 5 years. The £19.5m project was funded by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Historic Environment Scotland, the Scottish Government, the European Regional Development Fund and Bord na Gaidhlig along with significant private investment from ourselves to deliver an iconic restoration.

The project has created luxury holiday accommodation on the upper floors of the Castle with 23 bedrooms in a flexible configuration of individual suites and apartments with one to three bedrooms which are operated by our partner company Natural Retreats. The restoration of the Lews Castle fulfils a long-held aspiration of the local community to see the iconic building brought back to life.The 19th century castle had lain vacant for almost 20 years and was at risk by the time the initial repair works started in 2012.

"The Comhairle and its partners must be congratulated on developing what is now a beautiful venue for both local residents and visitors to the island to enjoy, telling the unique story of the islands in an amazing setting. It will also be a fantastic boost for the local economy, increasing tourism, creating jobs and bringing additional revenue to the islands."

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
In Detail

A £19.5m redevelopment

  • Joint venture Natural Land
    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
    The Heritage Lottery Fund
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise
    Historic Environment Scotland
    The Scottish Government
    The European Regional Development Fund
    Bord na Gaidhlig
  • Location Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
  • Categories Holiday
    Residential
    Food and Beverage
    Leisure

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Our collective experience and expertise affords us the rare opportunity to craft resort communities that preserve the character, beauty and traditions of the landscapes they call home. It's our mission to share and preserve the world's most beautiful spaces — and create real, enduring value. To that end, we select projects based on their inherent potential.

Matt Spence - CEO Natural Land

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