This year’s winner of the Natural Retreats - Jewellery Competition award is Claire Dedman – a student on the Lews Castle College UHI Jewellery course .

This is the second year that Natural Retreats have sponsored the award.

The award was presented by Mr Colin Maciver from Natural Retreats and is another example of how Natural Retreats are committed to support Lews Castle College UHI as it continues to develop its range of Creative Industries courses and Summer Schools.

 This year’s Summer Schools run throughout July and include Art , Jewellery , Gaelic, Harris Tweed and Theatre Summer courses.

 “Lews Castle College UHI is committed to helping to develop the local Creative Industries and Craft Industries through working in partnership with agencies like An Lanntair and the Harris Tweed Industry .  

“We are also working with local artists such as Kenneth Burns and with An Lanntair arts centre to build on the success of our Art and Music courses in Uist “ said Dr Ann Murray, Assistant Principal – Lews Castle UHI.

“The huge interest in the Jewellery courses we have run over the last two years demonstrates that there is strong interest – both from islanders and people visiting the islands - in our local creative industries “ said Dr Murray. 

For further information on this year’s Lews Castle College UHI Summer School and the range of new courses being introduced in August, please visit

Claire is pictured with Colin MacIver, General Manager, Natural l Retreats Lews Castle; Christina Mackenzie, Jewellery Lecturer; Dr Ann Murray, Assistant Principal; Callum Ian Macmillan, Business Development Officer