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 not our first stay with the wonderful team at Borve Lodge Estate and won't be our last. The accommodation is always exceptional and the amazing views just add to the overall experience. The estate team are friendly and helpful and go out of their way to ensure our stay is as restful and enjoyable as possible.
Harris is a wonderful place to explore; even in late autumn we can find lots of things to do, especially walking on the often empty beaches and watching the wildlife. See you again in 2018!