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MacLeod's Tower


(Dn Mhic Leid, Castle Sinclair, Iain Garbh's Castle)

A ruined little tower house on a small island in Loch Tangasdale on the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides, MacLeod's Tower (Gael: Dn Mhic Leid) lies a mile (1.5 km) northwest of Castlebay. The tower was built by the John the Rough in 1430 on the site of an Iron-Age crannog or dun. It once comprised three storeys but the walls now only reach 4.5m (15 feet). It is approximately 5.5m (18 feet) square and the walls are 1.4 m (4½ feet) in thickness.

It was romantically renamed Castle Sinclair in the 19th C. and has also been known as Iain Garbh's Castle.


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