Interested in the old buildings of Stornoway

Training and events being delivered as part of the Stornoway Townscape Heritage (THI) Initiative Scheme continue apace with a free evening lecture being held at the Woodland Centre, in the grounds of Lews Castle, Stornoway on Wednesday, February 9th from 7.15pm.

The event is open to all and is aimed at anyone who has an interest in older buildings and the work being undertaken to improve the traditional buildings in central Stornoway.

Ian Wilson, THI Manager and Conservation Officer for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, will begin the evening detailing the successful work undertaken through the scheme to date.

The Scottish Lime Centre Trust will also deliver an interesting lecture on traditional building techniques and advice will be included for those who own or are responsible for a traditional building.

Those attending are also welcome to bring along photos of their building or project for some specific advice from the Lime Centre staff on approaching repairs and maintaining buildings.

The evening will also showcase the training opportunities available through the THI which include an exciting range of practical courses and seminars to increase the skills of those working with traditional buildings in the Western Isles.

It is hoped that the training will give local builders, contractors and homeowners the knowledge and skills required to maintain and repair older buildings and structures.

The courses would also be a great taster for those looking to gain new skills or considering a career change into the traditional trades.

Ian Wilson commented: “An important element of the THI in Stornoway aims to increase local skills and knowledge in traditional building repair and maintenance techniques to preserve local heritage for future generations.

“The training programme is a fantastic opportunity for anyone owning or working with traditional buildings in the Western Isles to access new skills at local venues at a cost of only £10 per day. This evening event presents the perfect opportunity to come along and find out about the range of training on offer and to give us your feedback on the training you would like to see delivered.”

The Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is part of the overall Stornoway regeneration strategy, and aims to facilitate regeneration by using conservation of the historic built environment as the main driver. A THI is an initiative supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and funding has also come from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Historic Scotland and European sources.

For further details about the courses visit or email or call 01383 872722.