Lews Castle, Stornoway

4.2
#4 of 8 in Historic Sites in Isle of Lewis
Stretch your legs on the scenic grounds of Lews Castle. The Victorian-era structure was built as a country retreat for Sir James Matheson, who once owned the entire island, and it's easy to see why the entrepreneur would want to spend his holidays in this relaxing spot. Restoration of the interior is currently underway, so you cannot access the inside of the castle. The outdoor property, however, remains open, so you can stroll across the verdant grass, enjoy superb harbor views, and spot seals basking in the distance. An on-site cafe serves as an ideal rest spot for weary walkers, serving up hot drinks and fortifying home-cooked meals. A visit to Lews Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Isle of Lewis driving holiday planning website to plot your vacation.
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  • Took two small grandchildren for lunch, they both had pizza and chips, adults ordered one soup ( broccoli and stilton) and a sandwich, one soup and one scrambled eggs with smoked salmon . The children...  more »
  • Really enjoyed visiting this beautiful Castle with family to see how it had been restored . As it was near lunch We enjoyed a roast beef sandwich with salad , my granddaughter enjoyed Macaroni cheese ...  more »
  • Beautiful castle and great location. Very comfortable stay , only down side was no bottle water in room as unable to get cold water from the mixer taps in bathroom.  more »
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  • Recently refurbished Castle with museum, accommodation and other amenities. Nice surroundings for a drink at the bar, with views over Stornoway and harbour. Very good service.
  • Loved it here. Great food Starbucks coffee great. Staff wonderful
  • Excellent food coffee and service bent over backwards to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend
  • Beautiful castle with the Starbucks cafe inside. There is a museum behind it (free admission) and definitely worth a look. I wish there was more to see in the castle as it's quite limited. It's more of a hotel.
  • Nice atmosphere, very slow service and the prices did make me wince, the museum is worth a visit
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