|Brochel's stone walls were not made of stone from Raasay...Approaching view.|
Arriving, I almost missed it. At the back of a sheep paddock, on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sound, the ruins loomed from a deserted and forgotten era. Poorer than dirt, the crofters on the island used the stones from the ruins to build their own cottages (now also in ruins), thus not much remains of the once great castle.
Brochel was acquired by Malcolm (Calum) Garbh MacLeod, 1st of Raasay (b1532/d BEF 1567--Also know as MacGillechalum). The lands were a gift from his father, the 9th Chief of Lewis. Malcolm and his clan were notorious pirates, making a tidy profit from their sea-robbing adventures.
|Brochel's hollow and lonely passageway.|
|This is the view from the shore (East) side. On the left would have been the stairwell.|
|Brochel from the car park, looking toward the mainland...not much remains|
|I was surprised that the beach was rocky...But wouldn't the castle have been a sight in its day, presiding over the shore?|
|The sheep were as curious as I|
In my upcoming novel, CAPTURED BY THE PIRATE LAIRD (Feb. 17), Calum MacLeod is a pirate, dubbed "Robinhood of Raasay". He plunders an English ship only to find a stunning English noblewoman hidden in a stateroom. He has no choice but to take Lady Anne to his keep on the Isle of Raasay and send a letter of ransom to a husband whom she's never met...