Breachacha Castle

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The 15th-century Breacacha Castle
The "new" Breacacha Castle

Breachacha Castle is either of two structures on the shore of Loch Breachacha, on the Inner Hebridean island of Coll, Scotland. The earlier (also called Old Breachacha Castle) is a 15th-century tower house that was a stronghold of the Macleans of Coll, the island having been granted to John Maclean in 1431.[1] This castle was superseded by a new dwelling in 1750 (see below) but continued to be occupied for a time, falling into a ruinous state only in the mid-19th century.[1] Although work was performed in the 1930s to prevent further dilapidation, the castle was restored to livable condition only in the 1960s, by Major N. V. MacLean Bristol. It is a Category A listed building.[2]

The newer Breachacha Castle (also known as Breachacha House), which is also a Category A listed building,[3][4] was constructed in the mid-18th century 140 metres (460 ft) northwest of the old castle (56°35′30″N 6°37′47″W / 56.5917°N 6.6297°W / 56.5917; -6.6297 (Breachacha House)). It was in this house that Samuel Johnson and James Boswell stayed on their tour of the Hebrides.[5][6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Old Breachacha Castle". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Breacacha Castle". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Breachacha Castle". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "Breacacha House". CANMORE. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 30 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Gaelic Ring: Tiree: Coll". The Gaelic Rings. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Samuel (1924). Chapman, R. W, ed. A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland. Oxford: Oxford UP. p. 112. 

Coordinates: 56°35′27″N 6°37′41″W / 56.5908°N 6.6280°W / 56.5908; -6.6280 (Breachacha Castle)