29. Kisimul Castle

Castlebay, Isle of Barra, HS9 5UZ

Type:Architectural Trail

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This medieval castle was the seat of the Clan Macneil. Built in the 15th century it was abandoned in the early 18th century, with stones used for shipping ballast. It was rebuilt in 1956-70. In 2000 The MacNeil Clan Chief leased it to Historic Scotland for an annual rent of £1 and a bottle of whisky.

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Open from April to September (1 Apr 2021 - 30 Sept 2021)

* Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm (weather permitting)

What's Nearby

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  2. Kisimul Castle sits on a rocky islet just off the coast of Barra at Castlebay

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  3. This is the only standing stone of any size still erect on Barra.

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  12. Built in 2000 for Barra & Vatersay Housing Association (now part of HHP) by Ben Tindall…

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