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Lews Castle

| Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XR, Scotland
+44 1625 416430
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Beautiful grounds for exploring!

We discovered Lews Castle on a whim while passing through Stornaway one morning on our trip to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Katy A
via mobile
Lovely stay

We had a great 4 night stay at Lews Castle, absolutely fell in love with the building and the newly... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
York, United Kingdom
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It’s not difficult to see why the Isle of Lewis consistently receives so much acclaim. From beaches and crystal clear waters that rival luxury tropical islands, to its rich history and stunning scenery, this remote and spectacular destination in the Outer Hebrides is the perfect venue for wonderful memories. Overlooking Stornoway harbour, the impressive gothic-revival style castle was built in the mid 1800’s by Sir James Matheson. Since then this beautiful building has also served as a hospital during WW2, a college, a school and now as an iconic wedding venue and luxurious holiday destination with Natural Retreats. Serving delicious hand-prepared dishes as well as local delicacies, our Storehouse cafe is the perfect place to take a moment after your exploration of the Lews Castle grounds. Enjoy a frothy coffee or two from the comfort of our unique eatery, before tucking into our tasty specials of the day. Pick up the perfect souvenir from your visit to our retail outlet 'The Outfitters', during your time at Lews Castle. From gorgeous gifts to luxury clothing and foodie treats, we've got you covered.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
| Castle Grounds, Stornoway HS2 0XR, Scotland
+44 1625 416430
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We discovered Lews Castle on a whim while passing through Stornaway one morning on our trip to Lewis and Harris. We parked our car on the waterfront in town and walked over a bridge into the forested grounds. It was fun to discover such a...More

Thank Katy A
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a great 4 night stay at Lews Castle, absolutely fell in love with the building and the newly refurbished interiors. It was fresh, clean and very comfortable. I liked that we were given space to come and go as we pleased. The room...More

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Thank C3134MFamyr
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful building set in incredible grounds, but it's totally soulless. It's empty but it's good for weddings and conferences. The museum was very good and the coffee shop looks good but we didn't partake.

Thank lizzsimms
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Fabulous restoration of a lovely building in beautiful grounds plus fascinating exhibition. Great small shop selling quality local crafts and a lovely coffee shop plus elegant bar. Great venue for special events. A must see if you are in Stornoway.

Thank Magaligi
Reviewed 5 days ago

The arrival procedure wasn't quite as described in our paperwork, but was fine once we found the bar staff who called someone to bring our key and we did get a warm welcome. The castle is stunning and clearly rooms are only just being let...More

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Thank salli
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our stay at Lews Castle. Beautiful building and grounds. Modern, comfortable room. Nice bar for evening drinks with exceptional bar staff. We would love to return someday!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I stayed at Lee Castle as an end to a weeklong campervan trip on Lewis and Harris. We were very impressed with the location, a short walk from Stornaway centre and the building itself nd grounds are great for relaxing in. Our...More

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Thank Dave S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A truly beautiful castle, fantastic function rooms, delicious food, and friendly staff. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and evening there.

Thank AshWat1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and worth going as not much to see in Stornoway! Staff all very pleasant and nice stroll through parkland to access.

Thank Hugh H
Reviewed 1 week ago

A group of work colleagues booked 3 apartments. All were different in size but each equally luxurious The welcome hamper and basic supplies in fridge an added bonus Some remedial works still taking place to the Castle but this did not detract from our enjoyment...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I'd like to visit for a few nights and I'm wondering how to get from Edinburgh airport to the property. Do you offer ground transfers? Thank you.
20 April 2017|
Response from Natural_Retreats | Property representative |
Hi, You would need to fly into Stornoway Airport and from here you would be able to get a taxi to the Castle. Unfortunately we don't currently offer ground transfers. Thanks
Hi there are you open on Sunday? Thank you.
26 July 2016|
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Response from lesleywalker2014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they are open 10am till 4pm
As everybody else is saying the same question.......when will Lews Castle Hotel be open?
11 May 2016|
Response from ADB44 | Reviewed this property |
The Castle itself is now open to the public, but the hotel will probably not be open until next year.