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.
The Broch provides a luxury self catering opportunity amongst wild Harris scenery. It is beautifully designed and appointed throughout. The views are stirring and stunning, Camille provided us with excellent support throughout the booking process and stay. A great place to give a reminder of life ‘beyond the horizon’ after the long months of Covid lockdown.
This was an experience in a beautiful location. The Rock House was very private with fantastic views from all windows. Well equipped kitchen and a lovely bathroom.
Well worth a visit and hope to return again.