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Borve Castle

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Local area

Borve Castle

Borve Guest House is situated on a croft which is also home to Borve Castle, built by Amy MacRuairi, the first wife of John, Lord of the Isles, around 1350. At this time, the Lords of the Isles were at the height of their power and Clan Ranald, closely connected with the Lordship, had a strong presence in the area. Descendants of Clan Ranald lived in the castle until the 1715 Jacobite rising, when it was abandoned.

The three-storey high tower reached 30 feet and would originally have stood just off the shoreline on an islet; the coast of Benbecula has changed so much in the years since that it now sits much further inland on the machair. Although now in a dilapidated state, the remains of the five-foot thick walls are still in evidence, and the sense of power and defiance that it once represented remains.

Things to do

Within easy walking distance are some of the beautiful beaches backed by machair that characterise the west coast of Benbecula, along with all the wildlife they attract. The east side of the island, in contrast, comprises a striking combination of freshwater lochs, sea lochs and moorland. The landscape is beautiful and atmospheric, offering plenty to explore. See Flickr for a selection of photos.

For indoor pastimes, Linaclete Community School is just a quarter of a mile away. Its leisure facilities, open to the public, include a swimming pool, fitness suite and games hall. There is also a well stocked library, a museum with regular exhibitions and a cafeteria.

Places to eat

Nearby places to eat include Stepping Stones restaurant, the Dark Island Hotel and the Orasay Inn.

Borve Guest House, 5 Torlum, Isle of Benbecula, Western Isles HS7 5PP
e: info@borveguesthouse.com   t: 01870 602685   m: 07818 203373    f: 01870 603235