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 was our first visit to Harris we had a fantastic week at the Rock House. Upon arrival we found everything to be in perfect condition and were warmly welcomed by the staff. The welcome pack of local goodies and sparkly stuff was much appreciated as was the supply of logs and kindling. The Hebridean weather was not always kind to us but it was a joy to sit in the comfort of the Rock House watching the waves crash on to a sandy beach not far away whilst the log burner kept as warm and cosy. A selection of good movies, books and games to helped keep us occupied on rainy days.