Funding injection for Lews Castle Estate

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Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced investments of over £1.7 million to repair historic buildings around Scotland, including £250,000 for the Porter’s Lodge and Boatman’s House at Lews Castle.

The money is awarded as part of Historic Environment Scotland’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. T

his is the third round of investment announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.

The Porter’s Lodge and the Boatman’s House lie within the grounds of Lews Castle, and are important components of the estate.

The Porter’s lodge is the original main entrance to Lews Castle, whilst the Boatman’s House forms part of the distinctive Sea Wall.

HES funding will help to rebuild, repair and protect these buildings, currently in a dilapidated condition, making them accessible to members of the public.

Iain McIver of the Stornoway Trust, who made the application said: “This award will hopefully enable the Trust to add value to the exciting works now nearing completion at Lews Castle.

“Our aim is to further enhance the environs of the Castle through restoration works to the Sea Wall as well as much needed repairs to the Porter’s Lodge and Boatman’s House.

“We believe both these structures were an integral part of Sir James Matheson’s vision for the Grounds.

“We now look forward to Historic Environment Scotland’s help to try and bring these buildings back into use for the enjoyment of the public in a safe and more accessible condition.”

Amongst the other funding recipients are the A-Listed Inverness Town House, Lerwick Town Hall which served as a concert hall and social venue in Victorian Shetland, and Greenock’s former District Court, which dates back to 1886.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, said: “Investing in our older buildings helps generate local construction work, as well as ensuring our heritage is preserved and developed for the communities all over Scotland.”