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Ormacleit Castle

Isle of South Uist

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The guide books relate that Ormacleit (or Ormaclete) Castle was built for Ailean, chief of the Clan Ranald, over a period of 7 years at the beginning of the 18th century. Unfortunately, it burned down to a shell in 1715 when a side of venison caught fire in the kitchen on the eve of the Battle of Sherriffmuir when the clan chief was killed. Today, quite a lot of the structure remains and it appears to have been a two-storey house with a T-shaped layout rather than a fortification. It is surrounded by modern-day farm buildings so please respect the owner's privacy. Over the doorway you can see an armorial panel.

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