The renovation of Lews Castle has taken a major step forward with the announcement of a £500,000 cash boost from the Scottish Government.
The move has been welcomed by Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, who commented: “Lews Castle has enormous potential to provide a stunning centrepiece for the town of Stornoway, with plans already drawn up, which would envisage it being used as a hotel, with part of the building providing a new home for the Western Isles museum.
“Today’s award of money from the Scottish Government ensures that initial work can be carried out on this magnificent building to make it wind and water tight and to allow this project to progress further.”
The Isles MSP said Lews Castle is an “amazing building architecturally” and could clearly have a major role in the Western Isles tourist industry in future, if put to a proper use.
He added: “This is only the beginning of this project, but I know this grant, will address some of the most urgent questions which have been raised about ensuring the buildings’ immediate future.”
The cash award was announced by Scottish Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop.