History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The tower was built by the delightfully named John the Rough in 1430. It was originally 3 storeys high but the crumbling walls are now only half that height.
Don't imagine a massive medieval fortress; this is a small defensive structure, albeit one in a beautiful location! The structure only measures 2.9 x 2.6 metres interior dimension, and the walls are 1.4 metres thick.
Unless you bring a boat with you, you won't be able to access the tower itself, but the view from the lochside and the road are well worth stopping for.
NB. The castle is sometimes known as Castle Sinclair, An Caisteal, Iain Garbh's Castle, or Castle St Clair.
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About Macleod's Tower
Address: A888, Castlebay, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Located on a small island in the middle of Loch Tangasdale, north west of Castlebay, on the A888
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Dun Cuier - 2.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cille Bharra Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
Pollachar Standing Stone - 11 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Hallan Roundhouses (Cladh Hallan) - 14.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Macleod's Tower:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Macleod's 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.