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Sponish House

(Taigh Sponais, Taigh Spònais)

As grand a residence as one will find on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, Sponish House (Gael: Taigh Spònais) is situated prominently high on the Sponish Peninsula, a half-mile (0.8 km) north east of Lochmaddy. It is accessed by a suspension footbridge and causeway across the mouth of Loch Houram.

Now B-listed, the property was built in 1803 for Lord Macdonald's factor Captain Allan Cameron by James Gillespie Graham (1776 - 1855), better known for his grand Baronial works. Comprising two storeys over a raised basement, with a small single-storey extension to the north and a rather more substantial late 19th C. full-height wing to the south. The house became a sporting lodge about this time and was part of a seaweed processing factory from 1956. The entrance is via steps to a porch in the front of the main block. Having been gutted by fire it was abandoned until a slow restoration was undertaken in the 2000s. The house features a steep sloping roof and traditional sash windows.

Nearby is the Hut of the Shadows.

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