Brochel Castle Ruins

Raasay, United Kingdom

Brochel Castle was built in the late 15th or early 16th century and was occupied until c. 1671. It was built probably by Raasay's first Macleod chief, Calum. Even today it is easy to see why Brochel has often been depicted as something born of realms fantastical. Though only footings survive of the tallest tower, remnants of three other tower structures on different levels still conjure up a thrilling spectacle. Entrance was via a steep ridge leading up from the east to a narrow cleft between projections of rock and masonry, with sheer drops on the other sides. The best preserved tower stands prow-shaped to the north west, traces of its former subdivision still visible, as are recesses and a garderobe. Some evidence in the form of small windows and fragments of stairway provides clues to the varying levels, and access thereto. Sadly, ownership by Highland Council today has not ensured consolidation, and much debris has fallen from the shattered ruin to the base of its pinnacle.

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Brochel, Raasay, United Kingdom
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Founded: c. 1500
Category: Ruins in United Kingdom

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Colin Laing (34 days ago)
Amazing place on a lovely island
Andrew Glendinning (2 months ago)
Stunning place
Simon Finch (7 months ago)
No facilities, no gift shop, no toilets. Perfect!
Sandy Mcbain (7 months ago)
So remote and peaceful
James Davis-Nicholls (14 months ago)
Picturesque, interesting and unique. Don't miss it. Definite recommendation :)
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