Looking for the perfect summer holiday destination? Stornoway Trust has lots to offer visitors of all ages.
History buffs will love the story behind the Stornoway Trust, one of the first democratic landowners in Scotland. It was established in 1923 after Lord Leverhulme, the last owner of all of Lewis, offered the land round Stornoway to its people.
Today, the Trust remains an extensive crofting landlord responsible for moorland as well as the castle grounds in Stornoway.
But even if you’re not that interested in its past, you’ll find lots of things to see and do during a visit to this picturesque Scottish getaway. Here are five reasons why Stornoway Trust is worth a visit this summer…
1 Transformations are underway
It’s an exciting time for Stornoway Trust, with a castle grounds regeneration project currently underway.
The major project will restore key features such as the Boatman’s Tower and the private gardens, with work already started in the core part of the grounds.
Stornoway Trust are grateful for the support received from the Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, which has enabled this project to proceed.
2 There’s lots to explore
The grounds extend to 243ha of wood and parkland, a rare sight in the Western Isles, where trees are relatively sparse. The grounds provide a valuable habitat and recreation area for the people of Lewis and visitors to the island.
Within the grounds, you’ll find a network of paths and cycle trails, interesting views, the Creed river, historical buildings and structures, and a golf course.
3 The grounds are dog-friendly
Dogs are welcomed in the grounds, so you can bring yours along for the trip.
You must keep your dog on a lead and, of course, clean up after them, but follow those rules and they’re welcome to join you as you explore the grounds.
4 It’s got a great café
The Trust runs a café called the Woodlands Centre. Why not drop in for tea and cakes, or for a light meal? Food, including their new pizzas, is served throughout the day until 4.30pm.
The Woodlands Centre is on Facebook, or telephone 01851 706916 to make an appointment.
5 It’s a beautiful part of Scotland
Stornoway is the capital of Lewis and the main town in the Western Isles, making it the ideal place to explore the surrounding area.
The beautiful harbour, coastal beauty spots and Stornoway Trust attractions will more than keep you busy during your visit.
For more information on visiting Stornoway Trust, head to their website or call 01851 702 002.