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Kisimul Castle, Hebrides & Isles

Location: Castlebay, Barra, HS9 5UZ (map and directions)

Located in the centre of Castlebay, Kisimul Castle was the stronghold of the Clan MacNeil since its inception and this castle, known as the ‘Castle in the Sea’, never fell to an enemy due to its location completely surrounded by sea.

Kisimul Castle, Hebrides & Isles copyright Otter
Kisimul Castle © Otter

History of Kisimul Castle

Construction of the small medieval Kisimul Castle on the island of Barra was started by Naill of Barra around the year 1039.

In 1838 the Isle of Barra was sold, and Kisimul Castle was abandoned. The castle deteriorated continuously until the remains of the castle (and the island of Barra) were purchased in 1937 by the chief of Clan MacNeill. Restoration of the castle ensued, and in 2001 the chief leased Kisimul Castle to Historic Scotland for 1000 years at the price of £1 and a bottle of whisky.

Kisimul Castle can be reached only by boat from Castle Bay

Map and directions

Kismul is open to the public from April to the end of September.

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