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.
Our second visit to the Rock House and as wonderful as the first. It is complete luxury and very tastefully and thoughtfully done throughout. The Borve team were extremely helpful before and during our stay,
We stayed for a week over Hogmanay, walking most days come rain or shine, Coming back to light the log stove and sit down to a chilled evening was the ideal end to a day.
There is a great community in Harris. Go out, get involved, and support it.
We will be back.