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: Moderate - some mobility needed

  • Duration


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  • Notices

    Appropriate warm, waterproof clothing and comfortable walking shoes.

Begin walking along the seafront admiring the delightful fishing boats dancing on the waves before crossing the bridge and following the pathway along the coastline. On the way, pass by grounds that were originally laid out as 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 whilst strolling along the seafront.  

Finally reach the impressive mock Tudor Castle, the lavishly appointed Lews Castle is a Victorian era home built on the back of opium money by the islands one-time owner Sir James Matheson. During the Second World War the house was used as a naval hospital, a period during which the groomed woodlands fell into a wild state and the fantastic glasshouses dilapidated. The former site of the glasshouses now houses the Museum for the Hebrides in a custom-built building. Stornoway Trust is working on major works to enhance some of the features of the Castle Grounds.  

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

Practical information: 

  • Language: English.

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

  • Walking information: Approximately 1.75 Km.  Mostly on level terrain with some uneven and sometimes wet ground with multiple steps.

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.