Explore handsome Lews Castle.

Lews Castle Walk

Enjoy a leisurely walk around the castle and a guided tour of Nan Eilean Museum.

Included in your cruise
  • Mock Tudor Castle Walk
  • Guided tour of Nan Eilean Museum
  • Leisurely walk around the castle
  • Café available at Lews Castle
  • Difficulty level

    Level 2: Easy

  • Duration


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  • Notices

    Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes

Begin walking along the seafront and admire the delightful fishing boats that dance on the waves before crossing the bridge and following the pathway along the coastline. Along the way, pass by grounds that were originally part of Lews Castle’s formal gardens, built on the foundations of an estate house dating back to 1680. The grazing land was transformed into extensive woodlands, large gardens, and a conservatory complex to house a wide range of native and exotic plant species. 

Hear the fascinating local stories and learn about Stornoway’s rich history while strolling along the seafront. 

Then reach the impressive mock Tudor Castle. The lavishly appointed Lews Castle is a Victorian-era home built on opium money by the island’s one-time owner, Sir James Matheson. During the World War II, the house was used as a naval hospital. In this period, the groomed woodlands fell into a wild state and the fantastic glasshouses became dilapidated. The former site of the glasshouses now houses the custom-built Museum for the Hebrides. Stornoway Trust is carrying out on major works to enhance some of the features of the Castle Grounds. 

Visit the museum before exploring the castle and returning to the ship independently. 

Practical information:

  • Language: English.

  • Remarks/requirements: Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing, and comfortable walking shoes

  • Walking information: Approximately 1.1 miles. Mostly on level terrain with some uneven and sometimes wet ground with multiple steps

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.