Four seasons in Lews Castle Grounds

Lews Castle Grounds star in a BBC ALBA tv series. SGD17822
Lews Castle Grounds star in a BBC ALBA tv series. SGD17822

A TELEVISION series exploring Lews Castle Grounds enjoys its second show tonight (Tuesday, September 25th) on BBC ALBA.

The Castle Grounds of Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, is a park land of over 6,000 acres, the centre piece of which is the historic Lews Castle.

Once the indulgence of island lairds, today the lands are owned and used by islanders, having been gifted to the people of Stornoway by the last resident of the Castle – the infamous Lord Leverhulme.

From gentle walks and golf to car rallies and music festivals, the Castle Grounds is used by a host of people for a host of reasons.

The park, or ‘The Grounds’, are held in huge affection by the people of Stornoway and are a great surprise for visitors to the town.

Run by a community trust which is elected by the townsfolk, the acres of ancient trees, shrubs, pathways and formal gardens are managed by a hardy team of groundsmen and estate workers.

Through four seasons cameras stayed with the Grounds, the users and the workers, to chart a year in this treasure of a park.

In the second programme of the series, work is underway for the ground’s biggest event of the year, the Hebridean Celtic Festival; George continues work on the mountain bike trail, and Maggie has plans for a new kitchen.

An Gerraidh Chruaidh – The Castle Grounds, airs tonight at 8.30pm and is repeated on Thursday, September 27th, at 11.30pm.