NL6697 : Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle

taken 6 years ago, near to Castlebay/Bgh A'chaisteil, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Great Britain

Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle
Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle
This magnificent castle, dating from at least the 15thC, is 160m from the shore at Castlebay and accessible only by boat; at low tide it is surrounded by a rim of rock, but at high tide only the walls of the castle are visible. It was the stronghold of the McNeils, and still the Clan Macneil.
Caisteal Chiosmuil/Kisimul Castle

Dating from probably the 15thC, this castle is 160m from the shore at Castlebay and accessible only by boat; at low tide it is surrounded by a rim of rock, but at high tide only the walls of the castle are visible. A 1427 charter records that Barra was given to Gill-Adhamnain Mcneil by Alexander MacDonald, the Lord of the Isles, and the oldest parts of the castle that remain seem to date from then, although the rock may have been occupied earlier. After the collapse of the Lordship of the Isles in the 15thC there was much lawlessness and conflict in the highlands and islands, and the Macneils acquired a reputation for piracy. By the 18thC the clan chief had moved to a more comfortable house on Barra, and the castle fell into ruins, and its walls were stripped by boats for ballast. In 1837 the insolvent chief sold the island and his ancestral seat.
Robert Lister MacNeil succeeded as clan chief in 1914 and in 1937 he bought Kisimul and the restoration began, and continued until his death in 1970. It was not clear how the castle had originally looked, and some modern techniques and compromises were used to make the castle a home, while keeping to the spirit of the old building. Since 2000 the castle has been in the care of Historic Scotland under a lease.

Its restoration began in the early 20thC and in 2000 it was put into the care of Historic Scotland under lease.

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Date Taken
Monday, 3 August, 2015   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 7 August, 2015
Geographical Context
Coastal  Islands  Estuary, Marine  Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Primary Subject of Photo
Castle 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NL 6650 9795 [10m precision]
WGS84: 56:57.1274N 7:29.2640W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NL 6643 9796
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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