Western Isles: About 8 miles north-west of Tarbert on the island of Harris, by B887, on Loch Leosavay, on north shore of West Loch Tarbert, at Amhuinnsuidhe Castle.
Private NB 049078 OS: 13 HS3 3AS
OPEN: Accommodation available, including exclusive use. Weddings and corporate events. Fishing and field sports.
Tel: 01859 560200 Web: www.amhuinnsuidhe.com
Set in a beautiful wild spot with fine views, Amhuinnsuidhe (pronounced ‘avuin-suey’) Castle, which was designed by David Bryce, is a substantial baronial mansion rising to four storeys in the
tower, which dates from the 1860s. The castle has corbelled-out battlements with open rounds. The road passes very close to the building, and the place was originally called Fincastle. The castle has
a hillside garden, and is set in 55,000 acres of estate.
The house was built for Charles Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore, then was sold to Lord Leverhulme, who died in 1925. J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, rented the castle in 1912. There is a collection of McTaggart paintings.
The castle is said to be haunted by Lady Sophie Scott, who died in 1937 at the age of 67 and was buried behind the castle, but her ghost is reputed to be a benign spirit as she hosted many great parties at Amhuinnsuidhe.