For quite a few years now, Lews Castle has lain derelict and unusued. The building was in state of disrepair, but is currently being refurbished. Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have been in the process of getting a private sector operator to take on the running of the Castle as an accommodation provider. Also included in the Castle project is a section for the Western Isles Museum (currently closed).
The Chief Executive of CnES has penned a letter to Hebrides News, outlining the current state of affairs.
I am very pleased that this iconic building is finally going to be
put to good use. It has always saddened me to have had to tell visitors
that you can’t enter the Castle. As of next year, we will be able to.