The inspiration for this truly unique building came from dwellings that were scattered across the Scottish coastline during the iron age. This is probably the first broch built in the UK since the Roman era, and the vision was to make it appear as if 21st century comforts had been transplanted within an ancient ruin.
Standing three stories high, the Broch’s main aspect commands views over the wooded Borve Valley direct towards the distant ruin of an iron age citadel, in keeping with the ancient tradition of having a network of keeps within line of sight. The Broch pushed the boundaries of dry-stone wall methods. Drawing inspiration from the Broch at Carloway on Lewis, stones were placed in random configuration, with the base stones being nearly 2ms wide, before tapering upwards. Massive lintel stones sit above each window, and slate ramps ensure rain runs down and off windowsills. The roof is crowned with turf, and the Broch is entered across a slate draw-bridge.
This is an absolutely incredible location. First of all, the building itself is a unique architectural gem. Plus it's superbly equipped inside. Plus the location, which is marvellous. The weather was inclement but if you want to be stuck anywhere when a gale is blowing and the sea is at its angriest, this is it! Thoroughly enjoyed our time there
Our second visit to Rock House(and it will not be our last!).
Another wonderful few days in this gem of a location. comfortable, cosy and homely, we love it here. Walks on various beaches, a Burns night Ceilidh, drinks at the “Bothy” and another pilgrimage to Donald John Mackay to purchase his colourful Harris tweed.
Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful accommodation…..it really is hard to explain to people how stunning is Harris, and how unique is the Rock House!