History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The island was reached by a long causeway from the south bank of the loch, where footings can still be seen along with a small stone enclosure which may have served as a guard post.
As for the tower, it is oblong in shape, with walls up to 3.5' thick. There are two gun ports in the north wall. Despite the gun ports, one has to wonder if the Caisteal was ever intended for serious defence, as it is really quite small and could never have stood up to a concerted attack.
The tower stands within a walled enclosure which also encircled at least seven ancillary buildings. We do not know when Caisteal Bheagram was finally abandoned, but it was still occupied in 1715.
VISITING CAISTEAL BHEAGRAM
Access to the site is straightforward; go through a farm gate at the southern end of the loch, just south of the Drimsdale road on the A865 (grid reference NF767370). Follow the shore of the loch across the fields for half a mile and the ruined tower will come into view. Good footwear is advisable, for despite the apparently level ground, there are several boggy patches (there speaks the voice of sad experience).
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About Caisteal Bheagram
Address: Drimsdale, South Uist, Western Isles, Scotland
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: In the centre of Loch an Eilean, access over boggy farm fields off the A865 just south of Drimsdale road
Website: Caisteal Bheagram
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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Nearest Accommodation to Caisteal Bheagram:
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