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Lazing around Lews Castle

Lazing around Lews Castle

Postby denfinella » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:12 pm

Route description: Lews Castle Grounds, Stornoway

Date walked: 28/05/2018

Time taken: 3 hours

Distance: 6 km

Ascent: 190m

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For our last day on Lewis we stayed around Stornoway and went for a walk around the grounds of Lews Castle. The grounds have great views from the coastal parts across to Stornoway, and woodland which made this perfect for a hot day like today. They're within easy walking distance of the town centre. There's no need to go into details about the route, but we roughly mirrored the route mapped above.

Stornoway from the edge of the park:


Passing in front of Lews Castle:


Along the coast track:







Next we climbed to the top of Cnoc na Croich:


Perfect views of Stornoway:


Looking inland:


Matheson memorial:


Woodland trails:


Back to the castle:




Afterwards we spent an hour or so inside the excellent Museum nan Eilean (connected to the castle) before walking back into Stornoway ahead of our ferry crossing. A very different morning's walking to the rest of the week spent on Harris - "normal" scenery, but abnormal for the Western Isles! And a relaxed way to finish a memorable week on this beautiful island :D
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