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Lews Castle, Hebrides & Isles

Location: Stornaway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2BW (map and directions)

Lews Castle, near Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis, is an impressive fort, complete with towers and battlements. It resides on a seemingly infinite 64,000 acres of Woodland.

Lews Castle, Hebrides & Isles
Lews Castle

History of Lews Castle

The fort is an impressive structure, complete with towers and battlements, and sits on a seemingly infinite 64,000 acres of woodland.

Lews remained his property until 1918 when it was bought by soap baron, William Lever, Lord Leverhulme, an industrialist who then gifted the castle to the people of Stornoway in 1923. Lever added modern conveniences such as electric lighting, telephones and central heating before gifting the estate.

Lews Castle served as accommodation for air force personnel and marines during World War II and for students from Lews Castle College in the 1950s.

Today Lews is owned by the local council and is a Category A listed building.

Map and directions

Lews Castle is closed to the public, though its castle grounds are open to the public year round.




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