The Porter's Lodge, the original main entrance to Lews Castle.

A  quarter of a million pound grant has been awarded for repair and rebuilding works to be undertaken at the Porter's Lodge and the Boatman's House in Lews Castle Grounds.

The £250,000 grant  was announced today (Tuesday, June 21st) and forms part of total investments of over £1.7million to repair several historic buildings around Scotland, awarded by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at HES, said: “The projects chosen to receive funding range in scale from boathouses to town halls. We received some very strong applications for the latest round of funding, and are pleased to be able to support urgently needed repairs in these seven buildings.”

Lews Castle, located in the Castle Grounds in Stornoway, has recently undergone extensive refurbishment.

The Porter's Lodge and Boatman's House lie within the grounds of the castle and are important components of the estate – the Porter's Lodge being the original main entrance to Lews Castle, and the Boatman's House forming part of the distinctive Sea Wall.

The HES £250,000 funding will help to rebuild, repair and protect the wall, the Porter's Lodge and the Boatman's House, and make them accessible to members of the public.

The money is awarded as part of the organisation's Building Repair Grants scheme which supports repair work to buildings of historic or architectural interest. This is the third round of investment to be announced since Historic Environment Scotland came into being in October 2015.

Commenting on the awards announced today, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Investing in our older buildings helps generate local construction work as well as ensuring our heritage is preserved and developed for the communities all over Scotland.”

The Boatman's House will also receive funding for repair.