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Lews Castle, Stornoway
(3.3/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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. Use our Isle of Lewis vacation planner to add Lews Castle and other attractions to your Isle of Lewis vacation plans.
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  • The Lews Castle is a great place to visit, to see the lovely rooms of the castle it's self & the museum, well worth a visit. The down side is the cafe attached. I have been a couple of times and despi...  more »
  • A very comprehensive museum which is free and should be given (in my opinion) a donation on exit. The video display is amazing and the general information about the island , particularly the video tal...  more »
  • Enjoyed visiting the gardens of the Castle. Visited the museum on the local history and culture. The grounds are definitely worth while walking around, as you get to see follies and different views of...  more »