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The Outer Hebrides has a high quality natural environment, rich in biodiversity and with a large percentage of land, areas of inland waters and marine sites designated for nature conservation purposes. The islands are also home to an exceptional cultural heritage with a vast number of archaeological sites and many buildings and areas of outstanding architectural and amenity value.

There are four designated Conservation Areas in the islands (Stornoway, Lewis; Gearannan, Lewis; Ruisgarry, Berneray; Howmore, South Uist). Stornoway is also a ‘Townscape Heritage Initiative Area’ and has received £2.2 million of funding for grant aid repair and restoration of buildings in the town centre / Lews Castle grounds area.

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