History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Around 1820 Dr MacLeod, for reasons best known to himself, decided to pull down the Iron Age remains and create a mock medieval tower in its place.
One rather kind interpretation is that the doctor was concerned about the living conditions of the islanders and came up with his folly building plan as a make-work project to provide employment.
Whatever the reason, the tower is certainly eye-catching as you drive along the west coastal road. You can cross to the island if the water level is low and you have a good pair of rubber boots, but the folly is a shell, with the interior inhabited only by birds.
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About Scolpaig Tower
Address: A865, Scolpaig, North Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Immediately west of the A865, north west corner of Norh Uist. Access to the lochan across farm fields, but good views from the road.
Website: Scolpaig Tower
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Holiday Cottages to Scolpaig Tower:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Scolpaig Tower. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.