The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
The Castles of Scotland by Martin Coventry | Goblinshead | A comprehensive guide to 4,100 castles, towers, historic houses, stately homes and family lands
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Breachacha Castle

Argyll & Dunbartonshire: About 5.5 miles south-west of Arinagour on island of Coll, on minor road south of B8070, north of Loch Breachacha, near modern Breachacha Castle.

 

Private   NM 159539   OS: 46   PA78 6TB

 

View from exterior (privately owned). Ferry to Arinagour on Coll from Oban (CalMac).

Breachacha Castle is a scenic old restored castle near the later mansion, of the MacLeans of Coll, by a beautiful sandy beach on the coats of the lovely and peaceful Hebridean island of Coll. Breachacha Castle (© Martin Coventry)

On the edge of the bay with a beautiful sandy beach, Breachacha Castle, built in the 14th century, consists of a square tower of four storeys and a gabled garret within a later parapet. It stands at one corner of a courtyard enclosed by a curtain wall, with a round tower at one corner and a range of buildings. A machicolation defends the entrance, and there is an artillery fortification.

Breachacha Castle is a scenic old restored castle near the later mansion, of the MacLeans of Coll, by a beautiful sandy beach on the coats of the lovely and peaceful Hebridean island of Coll. Breachacha Castle by Ana Coventry (© Martin Coventry)
Breachacha Castle is a scenic old restored castle near the later mansion, of the MacLeans of Coll, by a beautiful sandy beach on the coats of the lovely and peaceful Hebridean island of Coll. Breachacha Castle (© Martin Coventry)

The hall, on the first floor of the tower, did not have a fireplace. A turnpike stair is topped by a caphouse. In the 17th century a three-storey block was added beside the round tower. The kitchen lay outside the walls.

Breachacha Castle (© Martin Coventry)

‘Castel Brekachah’ is marked on Blaeu’s map of Mull.
  Breachacha was given by Robert the Bruce to Angus Og MacDonald of the Isles, but changed hands between the MacDonalds, MacNeils and MacLeans. In 1431 it was seized by the MacLeans of Coll, but they feuded with the MacLeans of Duart, who captured the castle in 1578. Donald MacLean of Coll garrisoned it against the Campbell Earl of Argyll in 1679.

Breachacha Castle: ‘new' castle (© Martin Coventry)

New Breachacha Castle [NM 159540] was built nearby in 1750, (now) an ungainly box-like mansion with lower flanking wings and tiny turrets. The old castle became ruinous. Dr Johnson and Boswell visited in 1773. The property passed to the Stewarts of Glenbuchie in 1856, but the old castle was bought and restored by a descendant of the MacLeans in 1965. The tower has been re-roofed and the timber floors replaced, and the castle has been reoccupied and is in good condition. The newer castle is also occupied although the wings appear to be derelict and the whole edifice is in need of restoration. The new castle was on the market in 2016 for offers over £450,000.

Beach, Breachacha Castle, a scenic old restored castle near the later mansion, of the MacLeans of Coll, by a beautiful sandy beach on the coats of the lovely and peaceful Hebridean island of Coll. Breachacha Castle: beach (© Martin Coventry)

Nearby is the MacLean burial ground [NM 149524], built by Alexander MacLean, 15th of Coll, around 1815, above Crossapol Bay.

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