Lews Castle restoration

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Islanders are being urged to show their support for the £10 million renovation of Lews Castle in Stornoway. Islanders are being urged to show their support for the £10 million renovation of Lews Castle in Stornoway.

Around half that sum has been earmarked already but the crucial next phase of funding pivots on the local community backing the cultural and heritage aspect of the plans to transform the crumbling castle into a world-class hotel with a museum that could house the famous Lewis Chessmen.

If Gazette readers would like to do their bit for Lews Castle they should complete an online survey which can be found at www.tinyurl.com/museumnaneilean.

Potential funders are unwilling to advance money for the castle’s restoration unless they are convinced of the community enthusiasm for the cultural and heritage element of the development.