The restoration of a spectacular Western Isles castle has been shortlisted for a major national award.
Lews Castle, which overlooks Stornoway Harbour, has been refurbished as a museum and hotel.
It was officially reopened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last month.
Now the castle project has been named in the final of the Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year, organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The competition is featured on national television.
Lews Castle was named joint winner of the Victorian sub-category with Mount Stewart Northern Ireland.
The judging panel said: “It was such a difficult building that had been out of use for forty years so finding a new use was going to be a major achievement.
“It would have been so easy to have taken a lesser route but in this instance they grabbed it by the horns and they have given a real full- blooded restoration.”
The castle had fallen into disrepair and sat empty for decades until its re-birth as an innovative heritage and hospitality destination.
The £19.5million regeneration project was led by Western Isles Council with financial support coming from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise the Scottish Government, European Regional Development Fund and Bord na Gaidhlig.
The museum is notable for showcasing six of Lewis’s most famous products – the 12th century chessmen, which are on permanent display.
The castle also now boasts luxury accommodation and space for functions and conferences, which has been delivered by Natural Retreats in partnership with the council.
Matt Spence, founder of Natural Retreats, said: “It is fantastic to see the loving restoration of Lews Castle acknowledged in this way.
“We hope that viewers of Great British Buildings Restoration of the Year will be inspired to come and see it for themselves.
“A spectacular building in a beautiful part of Scotland, we are privileged to operate it and look forward to welcoming our first guests at Easter.”