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: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom


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David Robinson (14 months ago)
An imposing ruin of what was once a formidable fortress overlooking the Inner Sound and the Applecross Peninsula. There's not really enough left to get any idea of the layout, but you can appreciate the scale. We went on a calm, sunny day, and the pebble beach below the castle was wonderfully tranquil. There's an isolated cottage above the castle, and a tin hut on the beach, and a large (presumably) fisherman's store shed. The end of the beach has a tiny man-made sheltered landing area.
Hazel Grant (20 months ago)
If you like ruined castles then this is a must see, simply for the stunning location. It is just one big wild chunk of rock and vegetation but it's beautiful. There's a small area to park on the road side and then you call follow a path down to the castle itself. It's fenced in so you can't get too close but it's not a problem. You can then follow the path right down to a pebble beach and look out towards Skye. A great place to spend some time when visiting Raasay.
Colin Laing (3 years ago)
Amazing place on a lovely island
Andrew Glendinning (3 years ago)
Stunning place
Simon Finch (3 years ago)
No facilities, no gift shop, no toilets. Perfect!
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