Borve Castle

Torlum, Isle Of Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, HS7 5PP

Type:Monuments & Ruins

Add Borve Castle to your Itinerary

Product Image

Book Tickets Online


Borve Castle (Caisteal Bhuirgh), built by Amy MacRuairi, the first wife of John, Lord of the Isles, still stands in ruins in the village of Torlum. It was originally constructed between 1344 and 1363 and was occupied by the Clanranald until the 1715 Jacobite Rising, when it was abandoned.

In the 14th century, Casteal Buirgh was the most important castle not only in medieval Benbecula, but possibly in the Outer Hebrides.Today the greatly collapsed ruins stand on flat ground in a private croft, but its surroundings have changed dramatically since it was built.

Originally it probably stood on a small islet in a tidal loch, or on its shore. Since then loch has been infilled with deep wind-blown sand, creating a flat, dry machair. Only the two upper floors of the building are now visible above ground level: the original basement level is obscured by sand and collapsed masonry. It appears to have been originally built as a rectangular structure with a doorway at first floor level towards the eastern end of the south wall. There were no other openings in the surviving south or east walls. A crenellated forestair gave access to the first floor entrance, which was later much altered. At some stage the western wall of the castle was entirely dismantled, and an extended west section built on, with walls of a lesser thickness, of a different character, and at a slightly different angle to the earlier building. Unlike the original structure, there are a number of openings in this extension at first floor level, with a window low in the each of the south and west walls, and two small square slightly downward-pointing shafts in each wall which resemble gun-points.

Map & Directions

What's Nearby

  1. Museum nan Eilean is part of the Heritage Service operated by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar…

    0.6 miles away
  2. Liniclate beach is a stunning white sandy beach and can be accessed from the village of…

    0.67 miles away
  3. Benbecula War Memorial

    2.02 miles away
  1. Ruined Chapel dating back to the 16th Century

    2.04 miles away
  2. Culla bay beach is a stunning white sandy beach and can be accessed from Nunton or Aird.

    2.06 miles away
  3. Cladh Mhuire, the burial ground for the Benbecula community, is the only site associated…

    2.13 miles away
  4. Ruins of Teampull Chaluim Chille to the east of Balivanich.

    2.74 miles away
  5. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    2.8 miles away
  6. This is the panoramic view from the top of Rueval (Ruabhal), which is the highest point…

    3.63 miles away
  7. Just a stones throw from the airport, this magnifient beach is well worth a visit and is…

    3.66 miles away
  8. Loch Bee is a very large brackish loch which stretches from the west side of South Uist…

    4.88 miles away
  9. Along the west coast of South Uist is an approx. 20 mile strip of stunning white beach…

    5.62 miles away
  10. Our Lady of the Isles is a statue of the Madonna and Child by sculptor Hew Lorimer.…

    5.92 miles away
  11. Balleshare beach is easily accessed from the village of Baleshare.

    6.6 miles away
  12. Ruins of a Medival early church, Teampull Na Trionaid, can be found in the village of…

    6.61 miles away
  13. 250 metres from the main road (which itself dissects the remains of a stone circle at NF…

    6.97 miles away
Previous Next

My Planner

You can build your own holiday itinerary here! Just browse our site and click this button to add to your itinerary when you see something you like. If your planner is not finished, simply click save and you can come back to it later on! You also have the option to send your itinerary to our tailor made holiday partner.