Borve Castle, Benbecula

Video clip of Borve Castle

This evening, I am providing information on one of Scotland’s more remote and lesser known castles, Borve on Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

The castle is located between Borgh and Torlum, close to the Borve Guest House. Now well inland, the castle was originally built on a rock surrounded by sea but has become landlocked due to drainage and land reclamation. Summary facts concerning Borve Castle:

  • The name ‘Borve’ is common in the Hebrides and is derived from the Old Norse for ‘fort’.
  • In the past has been known as Caisteal Borve and Castle Wearie.
  • Whilst no official records exist it is believed that the castle was built by Lady Amy MacRui, wife of John of Islay between 1344 and 1363.
  • Originally, a large, oblong tower house extending to three stories measuring 60ft by 36 ft and with walls 5ft-9ft thick.
  • Was the stronghold of the MacDonalds of Benbecula (‘Lairds of Benbecula’) and remained occupied until early 17th century.

More information

Please refer to Visitors’ Guide to Scotland for more information on Scotland’s islands and a wide range of other information for tourists. The ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.



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