Want to read more?
We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards
Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish)
LEWS castle in Stornoway made it through to the final of the Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year in the Victorian category, featuring on the Channel 4 programme after impressing judges with its Gothic-style restoration.
The castle fell into disrepair after sitting empty for decades, until Comhairle nan Eilean Siar led a £19.5 million regeneration project.
Travel and leisure company Natural Retreats has played a significant role in the project through a partnership with the comhairle.
The council received financial support from the National Lottery, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise the Scottish Government, European Regional Development Fund and Bord na Gaidhlig.