Listed Building

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Status: Removed


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Date Added
Date Removed:
Local Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Planning Authority
Na h-Eileanan Siar
NL 66519 97944
66519, 797944

Removal Reason

This building has been removed as part of the Dual Designation project. It will continue to be recognised as a monument of national importance through its designation as a scheduled monument.


Restored tower house on small islet with curtain wall skirting shoreline. Essentially early-mid 15th century. Additions and

alterations late 15th-17th century including raising of tower

house parapet and of curtain, courtyard buildings at south

west built, first record courtyard buildings at north and east

curtain altered/raised. Abandoned probably mid 18th century,

restored 1938-70 by R.L. MacNeil of Barra (himself an

architect). All rubble-built. Tower house almost square-plan

with splayed low plinth and crenellated high parapet;

curtain parapet similarly treated: original entrance beside

tower house blocked, present entrance at west.

Statement of Special Interest

Scheduled 17 January 2001. Scheduling excludes all clearly identifiable 20th Century fabrics.




1978. pp.25-43. (includes comprehensive bibliography)

RCAHM INVENTORY, 1928. no. 439.

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Kisimul Castle

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Related Designations

  1. Kisimul Castle, Castlebay, BarraSM90347

    Designation Type
    Scheduled Monument

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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