Friday Photo; The other Stornoway Castle

At one point it wasn’t just Barra who had a Castlebay in the Western Isles…

Stornoway Castle pre 1882 The old castle of Stornoway was believed to have been built circa 1300 by the Nicolsons, and latterly become a stronghold of the Macleods.  It was destroyed by Cromwell’s troops in 1653 and the remains demolished in 1882.  If it still existed today it would be situated where Pier No 1 now is.

Stornoway Castle from above Cuddy Point

These photographs are taken from the collection of Stornoway Library.

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Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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