Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Set out on foot along the seafront and admire the delightful fishing boats dancing on the waves before crossing the bridge to follow the pathway along the coastline. Listen to fascinating local stories and learn about Stornoway's rich history. Pass by grounds 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.
Finally, you'll 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 island's 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 became dilapidated. The former site of the glasshouses now houses the Museum for the Hebrides in a custom-built building. Since 2016, the castle has been restored with a multi-million-dollar renovation that provides exclusive hotel accommodation and a state-of-the-art museum and interpretative center.
Visit the museum before exploring the castle and returning the ship on your own.
Tour does not operate on Sundays, and the museum is closed on Mondays. Wear comfortable walking shoes.